If you’re finally ready for that dream home remodeling project, your first step is to find a contractor who will make it all come true for you. If you’ve never done this before, the process part can be intimidating. But don’t worry. It’s not quantum physics, but finding the right contractor does require a few careful considerations.
First of all, find someone who will be a joy to work with. Even if you’ve found the “best contractor in town,” he won’t be good enough for you if you don’t even like him. Does he listen when you explain your vision for the project? Does he consider your ideas or does he dismiss them? The contractor may be the expert, but at the end of the day, you’re still the boss.
There’s no doubt in the world that experience matters. Read online reviews and let your prospects provide references. Give these folks a call and ask them to tell you about their experience with the contractor. If they can send over some pictures of the completed job, that should be great.
You don’t want your project to drag on far longer than it needs to. Hence, pick a contractor who is popular for high day-to-day productivity. Even if you don’t do your research yet, you will be able to get clues. For instance, is he on time for your appointments? Do you find him respectful? When visiting your home, does he try to avoid soiling your carpet? These things may seem small or minor, but they give you a glimpse of how your project will likely turn out.
License and Adequate Insurance Coverage
Accidents happen on the job. When they do, you don’t want to be liable, whether someone gets hurt or there’s property damage. Choose a contractor who is licensed as well as insured, both with worker’s compensation and liability policies.
A Solid Bid
A solid bid is one that comes with a detailed breakdown of your material and labor costs, including profit margins and all other related expenses. Of course, you want to make sure that you know where your money is going. The contractor should give you his full attention while you tell him what you want, and you have to make plans together as partners.
The payment schedule may be different for each contractor. In most cases, this is 10% at signing, three 25% payments at three evenly spaced intervals, and 15% upon completion. In any case, the schedule must be expressed clearly in the contract. Be way of contractors who will make you pay 50% or more upfront. If you’re not very sure, don’t hesitate to ask for someone’s help, perhaps a friend or relative who has more experience or knowledge with home remodeling contracts.