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 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 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 take your ideas seriously or does he ignore them? The contractor may have the expertise, but you should always have the final say.
Without a doubt, experience matters. Check out online reviews and ask your prospects for client references. Don’t hesitate to call these people and ask about their experience with the contractor. If they can forward some pictures of the finished job, that would be even better.
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. You may not even have to do any research yet. For example, is he on time when he shows up for your appointment? Is he respectful towards you? When visiting your home, does he try to avoid soiling your carpet? These are small things that can make a big difference in the results of your project.
License and Sufficient Insurance Coverage
Accidents occur. 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 includes a breakdown of all your material and labor costs, profit margins and other 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
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 should be clearly indicated in your contract. Be way of contractors who will make you pay 50% or more 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.