10 Tips For Hiring The Right Contractor
Why do we remodel? Remodeling increases the value of your home and makes it more comfortable for you and your family. That’s why it’s important to hire the right contractor for the job. Hiring a professional, experienced contractor will carry the project out correctly from beginning to finish. Remember… getting the job done right the first time means not having to pay twice!
1. Trust Your Contractor 100%
When going through the remodel process the contractor and the employees will be around your home and family. Depending on how long the project will take it can be weeks to months. You want to choose a contractor you trust, so rely on your gut feelings as well as the research you’ve done.
2. Make Sure They are Licensed and Insured
Not only do licenses demonstrate a contractor’s professionalism…it is safer! Licenses show that the contractor is knowledgeable with the remodeling process and building codes. Contractors need insurance, so if anything goes wrong the homeowner is not liable – for example, a worker getting injured on the job. The contractor should always provide proof of insurance
3. Get A Contractor Who Specializes in Your Project
Specialists mean they have more experience and knowledge with your type of project. You want a contractor that knows what potential problems can come up and how to effectively deal with them.
4. They Offer A Detailed Contract
A detailed contract should clearly state everything from costs and brands to the start and end dates. If everything is agreed on and written up, then there are no surprises in the remodel. If you don’t know all of the details yet, a contractor can include allowances. For example, “up to $500 for a new sink.”
5. Ask Who Will be Performing the Work
Contractors often have subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, etc. Having subcontractors is a good thing, but you want to know who will be showing up at your door. You’ll want to make sure these sub-contractors are licensed and insured as well.
6. Let the Contractor Know the Guidelines for Working on Site
You might want them to start at 8 am because it’s more reasonable than 6 am; or to use the hallway bathroom instead of the guest bathroom. It’s important to let the contractor know the guidelines upfront because they might not be able to comply. Let the contractor know your limits and expectations.
7. Understand Your Role in the Remodel Process
Do you need to move things out of a room, so it can be painted or make sure your dog is crated while workers come in and out of your house? This is your role in the process and it should be in the detailed contract you and your contractor come up with.
8. Mechanic’s Lien?
If the contractor did not pay for materials, or his workers on his last job there could be a mechanic’s lien on that property. If a contractor has a lien against him, it is best to avoid using him as your contractor.
9. Ask For Their Work Samples
A contractor’s samples or project photo gallery are the most important tool because it can allow you to see the quality of their past projects. You will see how creative they are and what styles they have incorporated and are familiar with.
10. Shop Local for A Contractor
Contractor’s that are well known in the community are a safe bet. A local contractor will be familiar with the local trends of the area and building codes. Always do your research and read reviews before hiring a contractor.
Adding value to your home is always a good idea and the right contractor will add to it with a pleasant outcome. We hope these ten tips will help you in hiring the right contractor.
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