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. 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 expert, but at the end of the day, you’re still the boss.
Most certainly, experience counts. Read online reviews and let your prospects provide 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
Nobody wants a project that drags on unnecessarily. Thus, find a contractor who is known for ensuring high daily productivity. Even if you don’t do your research yet, you will be able to get clues. For example, does he show up on time for an appointment? Is he respectful towards you? When visiting your home, does he try to avoid soiling your carpet? These are seemingly small things that can have a huge impact on your project.
License and Adequate Insurance
Accidents occur. 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 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 give you his full attention while you tell him what you want, and you have to make plans together as partners.
The payment schedule can vary from one contractor to another. In most cases, this is 10% at signing, three 25% payments at three evenly spaced intervals, and 15% upon completion. In any case, make sure the schedule is clear 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.