If you’ve finally decided to take the plunge into a home remodeling project, finding the right contractor is one of the biggest challenges you’ll have to face. 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 off, choose someone you can actually work with. Even the best contractor will not be good for you if you don’t even get along! Does he listen when you explain your vision for the project? Does he consider your ideas or does he dismiss them? The contractor may have the expertise, but you should always have the final say.
Without a doubt, experience matters. Read online reviews and let your prospects provide references. Don’t hesitate to call these people and ask about their experience with the contractor. If they can send over some pictures of the completed job, that should be great.
Good Work Ethics
You don’t want your project to continue for far longer than necessary. Hence, pick a contractor who is popular for high day-to-day productivity. You may not even have to do any research yet. For example, does he show up on time for an appointment? Does he treat you with respect? When he visits your home, is he careful not to soil your carpet? These are seemingly small things that can have a huge impact on your project.
License and Adequate Insurance Coverage
Accidents happen on the job. When they do, you want to be protected from liability, whether it’s property damage or an injury. The contractor must be licensed and insured, both for liability and worker’s compensation.
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 know how your money is being spent. The contractor should be fully attentive as you tell you what you want, and you should draw the plans together as a team.
Schedule of Payments
The payment schedule may be different for each contractor. Typically, this would be 10% upon signing, 75% divided into 3 equal payments at equal intervals, and the final 15% as the project is completed. In any case, the schedule should be clearly indicated in your contract. Be way of contractors who will make you pay 50% or more upfront. If you’re not very confident in your ability to assess a remodeling contract, don’t hesitate to ask for help from someone who may be more knowledgeable.