How to Choose a Home Remodeling Contractor
It can be fun and exciting to take on a home remodeling project, but at the same time, it can be stressful too. You’re basically entrusting your home to people you don’t personally know. You want them to do the job fast and on budget, but meticulously and properly at the same time. You don’t want things falling apart or not working right after a few months.
Thus, it is a must that you pick the right home remodeling contractor, and below are the important considerations to be made before hiring one:
First of all, you have to search for prospects. Ask people around you – family, friends, coworkers, etc. – if they have worked with a remodeling contractor worth recommending to you. You can look for local prospects online too, and remember to read reviews on trusted third-party consumer websites.
As soon as you’ve found at least two or three worthwhile prospects, set an appointment with each of them. If they don’t seem willing, consider it a red flag. All reputable home remodeling contractors know that this is an essential step, and only the cowboys will not sit down with you for an interview.
During this meeting, ask them about their experience. Five years in the business is a good benchmark. The point is to pick a contractor that has proven itself to be stable. Surely, you have to ask them if they have liability as well as workers’ compensation insurance. Dealing with an uninsured contractor is a risk you don’t want to take.
Before deciding on a particular contractor, ask them to give you client references. If they don’t want to give you references, that’s another glaring red flag. Good contractors will even be enthusiastic about having you receive feedback about them. When you talk to references, you get a good idea of what to expect when you hire a specific contractor.
Bid or Estimate
The best contractors know that competition is tough, which means they will try to put in as competitive a bid as possible. Make sure it includes the total cost of the project and the individual costs of labor and materials.
Lastly, don’t let the work begin until you have received a written contract. This document should be complete with all the details, such as the name of the company, their physical address and contact details, the start and end dates of the project, an itemized presentation of the costs and a waiver of lien, among others. If you don’t know a thing about home remodeling contracts, you can always ask a more knowledgeable friend or relative for help.