Remodeling a home can be a stressful, expensive hassle. With these tips, though, hiring the right contractor for the job should be that much easier.
You should know your contractor well before you let him into your home. Make sure to ask for recommendations – here at OMG, we suggest Redi Renovations – but also judge for yourself based on online reviews and personal, over-the-phone interviews. This way, you can become comfortable with them and establish a relationship that will make it easy to get updated during your home-improvement project as well.
Understand that remodels are expensive. You can price-match all you want, but know that sometimes cheap service equates to a cheaply-done job, and sometimes the lowest price won’t provide the best remodel. You’ll want to balance this mentality, though, with knowledge of what similar remodels would cost if you hired another company or contractor so that you’re not over-paying. This is another reason communication is so important, too – you need to know exactly how much a contractor is going to charge you for the job, as well as why. Ask for a budget breakdown that shows the costs of materials and manpower so you know what you’re getting into
It seems obvious, but be sure only to hire contractors with the proper certifications and licensing from state and professional agencies. Aside from hiring a more trustworthy contractor, this is also important to avoid personal liability. Hopefully, the job will be simple and completely safe, but be sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured in case anyone gets hurt. Check if the contractor you’re looking into is licensed here.
Getting plans and budgets in writing is perhaps one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your renovation is conducted in a cost-effective, timely manner. By setting a fixed deadline for the project, you can get back into your home faster or get it onto the market sooner. Also be sure that your contractor has the correct permits from the city, state or county in order to make changes to the house.
Before you hire a contractor, you need to know what you want from him. Sit down and make a list of all the renovations you want made to the house, then rank them by order of importance. You can discuss this list with the contractor once you’ve decided upon one to hire, and that way you can maximize your budget. Make sure to make your budget clear at the beginning of the talk, too, so that the contractor can calculate what he can do without emptying your bank account.
It’s every homeowner’s dream to have a renovation go completely smoothly without any hitches, additional charges or nasty surprises. Unfortunately, that dream rarely makes it into reality. Make sure you have enough money to put a little wiggle-room in your budget, in case of dangerous wiring, faulty pipes or other structural issues – otherwise you might end up with a half-finished home.