Tips on Hiring the Right Remodeling Company
By Wendy Dessler
When the time comes that you want to upgrade, remodel, or renovate your home or property, it is important to hire the right people to do the work. You need only do a quick Google search to read horror stories from unsuspecting property owners who did not make the right choice. Below you will find some helpful tips to assist you in selecting the right contractor for the jobs.
Jack of All Trades
While it is true that many contractors can do a multiple of renovations, it is important to inquire about their experience in the particular work you need to be done. Just because a contractor has a good reputation for roofing, for example, does not automatically mean they can remodel the kitchen where they will work with water, plumbing, and electricity. Consequently, just because you found a contractor with a good reputation for working with sinks, tubs, and faucets, doesn’t mean they are the right company to properly erect your backyard pub shed. Ask the contractor for references in the particular work you want to be done.
Ask for recommendations
If your renovation plans include installing a modern sink or vessel, ask the vendor who they recommend to install them. They will know the contractors in the area that purchase quality items and have a good reputation among other customers and other suppliers.
Ask family and friends, coworkers and neighbors and compile a list of potential contractors that have done business with people you know and respect.
Check their standing with the Better Business Bureau
Check and see if they have had disputes and complaints filed against them and how they resolved them. It is not impossible for even a very good contractor to have a misunderstanding with a client. But how they responded and the end results will give you an idea of their standards.
Ask for a breakdown of the quotes
You need to know how much of the money you are paying is going toward materials. If you are paying top dollar for your installation, you should be getting high-quality materials for your home.
Are they willing to work with you?
Perhaps you are purchasing a steel storage building, backyard pub shed, garage, or pole barn from a quality steel prefabricated company. You may opt to have the supplier erect the building on your property. Or, because the buildings are prefabricated, come with easy instructions, and full support from the company, you may choose to erect the building yourself. However, if you are putting in a structure to use as your man cave or pub shed, you will need a contractor to install the electric, and water for your modern sink. Ask the contractor what they are willing to do and if they have any problem with you doing part of the work yourself.
You may want to do some of the work in the bathroom or kitchen yourself. Things like painting, trim work, and even laying tile (for some of the more ambitious among us) but when it comes to pipes, water, electricity, and code laws, you need your contractor to step in. Make sure your contractor is willing to work with you on what must be done for safety and legal reason, while allowing you to do the things you want to do to contribute to the project. If your contractor is flexible with the contract, he will be easier to work with. But some things are never to be left to chance.
Do not buy based only on price
If someone comes in with a quote that is substantially lower than other contractors in the area for the same work, something is wrong. Either they are using substandard materials, cutting corners on the job, or they are desperate for work (which is a bad thing). You are better off to avoid their issues.
Use caution if the contractor asks for payment of more than 50% upfront. Some states allow a contractor to only ask for ⅓ upfront. Asking for a deposit ensures that you will not cost the contractor money by delaying the job once it is scheduled. Asking for a deposit protects them. If you have done your homework and feel you have a quality and upstanding contractor, a 50% deposit is reasonable.
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