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. This part can be intimidating if you’ve never tried this in the past. But worry not. It won’t be rocket science, but you do have to make a few careful considerations to make sure that you end up with the right contractor.
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 to you when you talk about your plans? Does he take your ideas seriously or does he ignore 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. Check out online reviews and ask your prospects for client references. Give these folks a call and ask them to tell you about their experience with the contractor. It would be great to have them send you photos of the completed job.
Nobody wants a project that drags on unnecessarily. Hence, pick a contractor who is popular for high day-to-day productivity. Even without research, you can get some very good clues. For example, does he show up on time for an appointment? Is he respectful towards you? When he visits your home, is he careful not to soil 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
Accidents can happen. 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 be fully attentive as you tell you what you want, and you should draw the plans together as a team.
Schedule of Payments
Each contractor may have his own unique payment schedule. 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 must be expressed clearly in the contract. Avoid anyone who asks for a minimum of 50% upfront. If you’re not so sure about your ability to assess a home remodeling contract, ask for help from a friend who may be more experienced and knowledgeable.