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 leaving your home in the hands of people you don’t know personally. 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 things first, you have to look for prospects. Ask around – your family, friends, neighbors or colleagues may be able to help you with referrals. Look for prospects on the Internet, and make it a point to read reviews (stick to reputable third-party consumer websites).
With at least two or three good prospects, you’re ready to call them each and set an appointment. If they refuse to have a personal meeting with you, that’s a glaring warning sign. Reputable contractors are aware of the importance of this step, and only scammers will want to skip it.
During this meeting, ask them about their experience. Five years in the industry is a good benchmark. The idea is to choose a contractor that has demonstrated stability. Surely, you have to ask them if they have liability as well as workers’ compensation insurance. The risk of choosing an uninsured contractor is just too big.
Before you decide that a contractor is right for you, have a chat with some of their previous clients. If they don’t seem willing to give you references, that’s another warning sign. Good contractors will even be eager to have you hear about their good work. Speaking to references gives you a picture of what lies ahead when you choose a certain contractor.
Bid or Estimate
Good contractors know that they’re competing with other local service providers, so they’re going to try and put in a competitive estimate. 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. The document should have all the crucial details, such as the company name and physical address, when the project officially starts and is estimated to end, itemized costs of labor and materials, and a waiver of lien, among many others. If you’re not familiar with home remodeling contracts, ask someone you know who might be able to help you.