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 quite intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But worry not. It’s not rocket science, but you do need to consider a few crucial matters to make sure you end up with the right contractor.
First of all, find someone who will be a joy to 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 value your ideas and insights, or does he brush them aside? The contractor may be the expert, but at the end of the day, you’re still the boss.
Most certainly, experience counts. Take time to read reviews and ask your prospects to provide 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.
Good Work Ethics
Nobody wants a project that drags on unnecessarily. 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 example, is he on time when he shows up for your appointment? Do you find him respectful? When he visits your home, is he careful not to soil your carpet? These are small things that can make a big difference in the results of your project.
License and Adequate Insurance
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 Good Bid
A solid bid is one that includes a breakdown of all your material and labor costs, profit margins and other expenses. Of course, you want to know exactly where your cash is going. The contractor should be attentive when you talk about what you want, and you should draw plans together.
Schedule of Payments
The payment schedule can vary from one contractor to another. 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.