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 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. No matter what others say, a contractor can never be good enough for you if you hardly 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 be the pro, but no matter how you look at it, you’re still the boss.
There’s no doubt in the world that experience matters. Take time to read reviews and ask your prospects to provide client references. Call these folks and listen to their stories about the contractor. It would be great to have them send you photos of the completed job.
Good Work Ethics
You don’t want your project to drag on far longer than it needs to. Therefore, choose a contractor who has a reputation for being on time and for ensuring a high daily productivity. Even without research, you can get some very good clues. For instance, is he on time for your appointments? 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 occur. When they do, you don’t want to be liable, whether someone gets hurt or there’s property damage. The contractor should have a license and insurance, both liability and worker’s compensation.
A Good 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. Usually, you have to pay 10% upon signing, followed by three 25% payments (equal intervals), and finally, 15% as the project is completed. 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 confident in your ability to assess a remodeling contract, don’t hesitate to ask for help from someone who may be more knowledgeable.