Looking to remodel your home? Need to hire a contractor?
Listen, you can do both, but it’s important to know to get a job done well, you also have to spend some time ensuring that it will go that way.
Without your considerations and research, you won’t be able to select the best possible candidate for your home remodeling project. And when you get the wrong guy, you get the wrong results.
In any case, in this article – we will cover 7 crucial tips that will assist you in selecting a remodeling contractor for the job.
Keep reading to find out more.
1. Initial Interview
We’re not gonna cover finding and organizing your list of contractors, but rather the process behind choosing one. Considering that, you should have a list of contractors ready, who you are able to call right now.
Get on the call, and have a little chat about these topics:
- The scope of the project, and have they worked on a project this size before?
- Can they provide financial references from banks and suppliers?
- Past client references.
- Will they be working on other projects in the same time frame?
- How well do they know their subcontractors (if applicable)?
- How involved can you be in the process of remodeling?
Simply asking these questions will help you assess the companies reliability, availability, and capability of performing the job well.
2. Qualifications & Credentials
Before you get out there and hire the first person you see, you should get acquainted with the qualifications and credentials that they might have from any national trade organization.
If a contractor website has some sort of abbreviations appended to its name, it might be associated with a special trade organization, and hence upkeeps a strict code of ethics.
Such abbreviations can be CGR (certified graduate remodeler), BIA (Building Industry Association member), CAPS (certified aging in place specialist), NAHB (National Association of Home Builders member), and many more.
If they have these appendages, that’s great. But make sure that the insured, license and bonded as well because if someone gets injured, you shouldn’t be liable for it.
Before anything happens, you should prepare the plan and your home. This includes an area dedicated to the worker tools and sealing off the site for ease of entry.
You should also pre-select the finished and colors before a contractor arrives for the first time. Review any sample materials provided to you. Declutter area, and remove valuables or easily damaged object. Seal off the entry with sheeting and tape to prevent dust.
If you’re not home during the work, assign somebody you know to be the point of contact for decision-making.
4. Price Does Reflect Value
When it comes to remodeling, you get what you pay for. A poorly done remodeling job cannot be fixed quickly, and it cannot be returned for a refund.
Remember that after the job is done, you are left to working and living with your choice with no backouts.
Even though the charisma, personality, and experience of a residential remodel contractor is important, if they are underbidding their work, they might not feel comfortable doing it well.
That’s why the interview is important to help determine the scope of the project and communicate it fully.
5. Verify References & Credentials
Ensure the contractor has been in the business for a significant time, and that they licensed appendages are real, and not just there for aesthetic.
Check with national databases or give the institution a call to find out if a contractor is licensed with them. This also means that they have a bill of health from the BBB (Better Business Bureau), and from the provincial consumer protection agency.
Also, make sure that the references provided can speak well upon their work, and not discuss any disputes they might have had. But even then, if a dispute did happen to be, you can gauge how well they tended to it.
6. Bid War
After performing each of the steps for each contractor, you should collect bids from your personal favorites. Get as many as you can, and if you think someone is under billing the price, you might as well get rid of them.
It is tempting to go with the lowest price, but it’s likely that they will cut corners with cheap materials, and inexperienced labor. You might also find that the contractor comes up with a new price down the road out of nowhere, simply because it costs more.
7. In Writing
Get a written contractor to support each step of the entire project. Starting with the schedule for payments, written proof of insurance, workers comp attributions, approximated completion date, products, and materials that will be needed for a job, lien releases in case the job isn’t done, etc.
Clear contracts are a sign of trust, nothing less, and nothing more.
Your Reliable Remodeling Contractor
Now that you have uncovered the 7 crucial tips for selecting a remodeling contractor, you are well on your way to getting that project finally done. Even though there is a little bit of overhead in time that you have to spend working on finding the right person, it’s all worth it in the end.
Without these efforts, you are left to your own devices with a subpar contractor and a poorly done job. Save yourself the trouble, and do some research.
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