How to Pick 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 don’t only want the job done quickly and on budget, but also meticulously and Correctly. The last thing you want is seeing things breaking apart or not working in a few months.
Therefore, it’s crucial to choose the right contractor for your home remodeling project, and these are the considerations you need to make before hiring one:
First and foremost, find some good prospects. Ask around – your family, friends, neighbors or colleagues may be able to help you with referrals. You can also search online for local prospects, and don’t forget to read reviews as well (keep to trusted consumer websites).
As soon as you’ve found at least two or three worthwhile prospects, set an appointment with each of them. If they refuse to have a personal meeting with you, that’s a glaring warning sign. Reputable home remodeling contractors know how important this step is, especially for their potential clients, and only the cowboys will not want any of it.
During your meeting, make sure to ask regarding their experience. You’d like to go with someone who’s been around for at least five years. The idea is to hire a contractor that has been proven stable. Definitely, you have to ask them if they have insurance, both liability and workers’ compensation. The risk of choosing an uninsured contractor is just too big.
Before choosing a particular contractor, first talk to some of their past clients. If they don’t seem willing to give you references, that’s another warning sign. Good contractors will even be enthusiastic about having you receive feedback about them. Talking to references is a great way of getting an idea of what lies ahead for you and the contractor based on other people’s experiences.
Bid or Estimate
Because they know they have some tough competition going, good contractors will always put in a competitive estimate. Make sure it includes the total cost of the project and the individual costs of labor and materials.
Finally, don’t proceed with the project until you are given a written contract. This document should have all the necessary details, such as the company name, its address and contact details, itemized costs (labor and materials), start and end dates, and a waiver of lien, among others. If you’re not very knowledgeable with home remodeling contracts, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a friend or relative who might be.