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 there’s no need to 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. 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 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. 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.
Good Work Ethics
You don’t want your project to drag on far longer than it needs to. Hence, pick a contractor who is popular for high day-to-day productivity. You may not even have to do any research yet. For example, is he on time when he shows up for your appointment? Does he treat you with respect? When visiting your home, does he try to avoid soiling 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’d like to be as liability-free as possible, whether someone is injured or there’s property damage. The contractor should have a license and insurance, both liability and worker’s compensation.
A Solid Estimate
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. 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. Avoid anyone who asks for a minimum of 50% 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.