Services – Getting Started & Next Steps

Winning Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor Working with a remodeling contractor can be daunting. After all, sometimes it may feel like there are as many positive prospects out there as there are negative. The question is, how do you sort through everything to find the right fit for your project? If you’re prepping for a big renovation, the following are some tips that can help:
5 Uses For Renovations
Do your research.
5 Uses For Renovations
This would be true for both the project itself and the contractor you’re hiring. Of course, you’ll want to have a clear picture of what you want the outcome to be, and an realistic budget of what you’re able to spend. As for the contractor, you want to concentrate on individuals who can show prior experience with your project type, preferably with client reviews and work samples. Definitely, you’ll want a contractor who is accredited and insured. Talk to several contractors. By the time you find two or three contractors who appear capable of doing the work, schedule an interview. Ask them questions like whether or not they’ve ever had a project of this scale, if they are confident in their ability to get the required permits for the job, and how long they estimate everything will take. As they reply, listen closely and try to pick up cues for professionalism. Because they will be coming often into your home, you want to pick someone you’re comfortable with and seems capable of doing quality work. Get estimates. When you review estimates, be sure that all details are there, particularly the cost of the materials to be used, and a rate for the predicted number of labor hours. Note that the cheapest contractor may not always be your best option. Do your homework as to how much a project like yours will likely cost. Be sure to look into factors such as experience and available work samples. A greater upfront cost is sometimes worth it in the long run if you get a smooth transaction in return. Put everything in writing. Lastly, after choosing a contractor you feel is the perfect fit for your project, be sure to put all the terms of their quote into legal writing. This contract must indicate items like the schedule of your payments and the process for making changes to the original terms of the project. Of course, both parties should sign it. Though no one wants to think of a bad outcome, having a signed contract will give you legal recourse in case you need for whatever reason during the course of the project. Keep in mind that true professionals know that putting terms in writing does not only protect you but also themselves. Thus, you must never think twice requiring such a document from your contractor. It’s all part of being a responsible consumer.

Brent Fleischer