Although you may consider doing a home remodeling on your own, it may hard due to lack of time and skills. You should, therefore, consider hiring a contractor. However, selecting a home remodeling contractor can be a headache. How do you determine if someone is the right match for your project? Do not hire a contractor without narrowing down to the best. This guide will help you to pick a good home remodeling contractor.
Look at the portfolio. You need a home remodeling contractor who specializes in the kind of remodel you need to ensure they have a creative eye. Ask the home remodeling contractors you have listed for a portfolio of projects they have worked on previously. You may get a physical portfolio or be directed to a site with images. A good portfolio ought to have at least ten projects and photographs of space before the work started, during the renovation and after the project was completed. It is much helpful to get photos of sketches, blueprints or other plans. Home remodeling contractors only avail their most appealing work in their portfolio and if you see any work that does not match your standard, remove the contractor’s name from the list.
Ask for certification and licensing. One simple way of narrowing your options is asking potential home remodeling contractors for licenses and certifications. The specific certificates and licenses a contractor has depend on the projects they specialize in. Because legal requirements differ by state, contact the licensing department of your state and ask for specific requirements. Apart from ensuring your home remodeling contractor has the correct certification and license to finish the work safely and legally, ensure they have liability insurance to cater for loss if they damage your home. Also, its workers should be covered to avoid you being sued to compensate them if they are hurt.
Consider references. Any reputable home remodeling contractor expects you to request for a list of referrals. A typical contractor should have ten or more names with the customers’ address and telephone number. Select a few references and contact them. Ask queries like if the contractor stayed on schedule, if they kept the job site neat, if they addressed problems promptly, if they were punctual for workdays and appointments, if the work has held up, and if their cost was clear and reasonable. If a customer had a great overall experience, they will be upbeat and positive about the contractor even if they encountered some small problems.
Get bids. After a thorough consultation, contractors will issue a bid. This may include details about the project’s timeline, type of the recommended materials, and the entire cost of the project. You should get bids from different contractors for comparison. However, do not let the least price to be the reason you choose a contractor as they may end up using substandard materials. Also, do not hire the most expensive contractor imagining they will deliver exceptional services as some charge much for their gain. Compare the quality of work against the cost to decide wisely.