How To Find an Expert Contractor For Home Renovations

For a majority of homeowners, the most difficult part of their home improvement project is finding a reliable and qualified contractor to do the work.  The following are some useful tips to help you find the right home renovation contractor for your project.

 

Plan your project first

Being with some ideas and plan before you start to interview contractor.  Your estimate will be more accurate if you can be really specific about what you want to have done.

 

Ask neighbors, relatives, and friends for references

The best sources are neighbors since they are likely to have homes that are similar to yours.  When possible, visit the sites in person where the contractors have performed renovation projects so that you can see their work first-hand.

Interview three contractors at least

Ask plenty of questions and make sure to get written bids so that you can compare them.  All of the bids should be for the same job and use the same materials so that you can accurately compare them. Don’t hesitate to negotiate after you receive the bids and before signing the contract. You might be able to secure a lower price on your home renovation project.

Find out what work will be performed by subcontractors and what work will be done by your contractor and their employees.

Make sure all workers are adequately insured and trained to do the work you need to have done.

Make sure you hire the right contractor for your project

The contractor should have experience handling the specific type of work that you want to have done.  Just because a contractor did a great job laying down tile in your neighbor’s bathroom doesn’t mean they are the best contractor to build a new addition onto your house.

Check licenses and for any complaints

Make your contractor holds all licenses that are required by your state and/or local government.  Check local court records, the Better Business Bureau, and other disciplinary boards to make sure there are no complaints filed against the contractor.

Check references

Speak to subcontractors and clients.  Make sure the subcontractors have been paid on time and that former clients were happy with the contractor’s work.

Read online reviews

Be wary of any contractor who has received a lot of negative reviews.

Sign a detailed, written contract.

The contract should spell out precisely what work will be done, including the exact materials that will be used, payment schedule and deadlines.  If there are any changes made to the project, a written change order should be generated that includes a description of the new work, cost, and materials used.

 

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