Choosing a contractor shouldn’t be intimidating, but it can get overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Most homeowners who are thinking about remodeling or home additions don’t know the right questions to ask a contractor when searching. Just like all things, the more research you do, the more prepared you are. This philosophy will get you far when it comes for choosing the right contractor for your project.
The first step should be deciding on a budget that meets your needs. Figuring out how much you want to spend and exactly what you want done, is one of many important decisions to make. Once these details are set it is time to find the perfect contractor for the job.
Finding a contractor may be easy, but finding a good contractor you can trust may be a bit of a challenge if not prepared. Make sure the contractor you hire has a good reputation and is someone you know you will be able to work with. A good contractor will listen and ensure that your needs are the top priority. Trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true, chances are it is.
You will be spending a lot of time with your contractor throughout the renovation, so chose one that fits you and your vision. Good communication skills are important so you can share ideas and suggestions. There are thousands of questions that will be asked and answered during the whole building process; the ability to trust and be able to work closely with your contractor is important.
It doesn’t hurt to do a little background check on the contractor’s business and previous clients. Find out if they are insured, how their business is structured, if they document costs and schedule and how they supervise the job. Do they have regular meetings with you to discuss your project? Speak with their past clients to see if they were happy with the work and outcome of their renovation. Ask how they are going to supervise your job. Adequate supervision is one of the easiest aspects to cut costs on. Make sure daily, dedicated supervision is standard with any contractor you talk to.
Lastly, be hesitant on contractor’s “free bids”. After planning your project, contractors will give you these so called “free bids” that are worth exactly what you pay for them, nothing. Some contractors will give you a low bid just to get the job, but once the work begins you may find out that you are getting charged way more than you bargained for. A good contractor does not have time to give out free bids, but a good contractor will sit down with you, listen to your ideas and will be able to give you the best offer within your budget.
You are going to be embarking on one of the most difficult and expensive projects you’ve ever done. The contractor you chose will make the project predictable and enjoyable or a financial nightmare. Picking the right contractor is the most important thing you can do.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. Good luck with the journey.
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