Our home is our castle, and it’s important that it makes us feel comfortable. I shopped around for months before making my decision, so it only makes sense that I put equal care into remodeling. It was hard choosing a construction company for the remodeling job, but we found one!
If you’re considering remodeling your home, keep reading. This short article will go over the three most important things to look for when you hire a contractor.
No decent company would hire you without hearing that you do a good job from previous employers. You should take the same care when hiring a contractor. Your home is your personal space and the Internet is littered with horror stories of home remodeling jobs gone wrong because of incompetent contractors. You absolutely have the right to check a contractor’s references.
When you ask for a few references, of course they’ll only give you positive references. It’s up to you to dig beyond that. Search for reviews of the company online. Go out to see houses they’ve remodeled before. I even recommend going to a site they’re in the middle of remodeling and talking to the homeowners. The homeowner is sure to give you an honest opinion. This is the best way to know for sure that the contractor can do the job they say they can do.
Take Care of the Technicalities
I made the mistake of getting caught up in the big picture during my remodeling job. I was so busy imagining the changes I wanted to see that I forgot the very important technical details that go into the project. Before you hire a contractor, take a moment to slow down and remember the technicalities.
First, make sure to check with your municipality about zoning laws that may apply to your remodeling project. You may be required to get a permit, depending on the type of work you’re doing.
Also, be sure to make a detailed contract when you finally do hire a contractor. This an area where it only helps to be overly thorough. Make sure to include articles about billing schedule, materials that will be used, what subcontractors he’ll hire, and so on. It’s not set in stone. You can always return to the contract and change things if you and the contractor both agree that something needs to be changed later on down the line. But you should never start a major project without a solid contract.
This point is a little more subjective, but it’s potentially the most important point on the list. You may very well find multiple contractors who do good work for a good price, so how do you choose the right one? Go with the one whom you communicate with best.
Home remodeling projects are not short term deals. You’re going to be working with this contractor for months. Not only will you be working with him, but you’ll be working with him and his employees in your house. It’s almost like he’ll become a temporary family member. Many people overlook this point, but it’s absolutely crucial that you have a contractor that’s on the same page as you. This can save you from a world of headache in the months to come.
Your house is an extension of yourself. It’s a big decision when you decide to remodel, but following these tips will save you both time and money as you continue to make your house feel like home.