Hiring a contractor is rarely a simple process. One would think that the process should be quick and easy, but most of the time it is anything but that.
Knowing who to choose and trust to adequately handle your remodeling needs is stressful to say the least. If you are interested in new kitchen countertops or want to install a set of granite slabs in your master bath, here are some tips so you can hire the right company for the job.
Do Your Research When Hiring Someone to Remodel Your Home
Unless you have a particular contractor in mind or are absolutely certain that the company you are considering is right fit for the job (word of mouth reviews are a big help here), you should allow yourself plenty of time to narrow the list. Do your research so that you are aware of what you are getting into before committing to a project.
Remember, who you choose to perform the work will have a major impact on the desired result. Whether that impact is positive or negative, is fully contingent on your ability to sort the professionals from the so-called weekend warriors who have limited experience and credentials.
How to Vet a Potential Contractor
Stick to the basics and you will never go wrong. Prior to having any work done, check to verify that the contractor is fully licensed and insured (this includes workers’ compensation and general liability insurance), that they are registered to work in your state and that they have a solid reputation.
Be up front and ask the company to provide you with a list of past projects, preferably similar in nature to yours.
Once your confidence is strengthened in the contractor in question, discuss price. The more detail they can provide, the better, as a thorough estimate will help prevent unexpected costs. This also demonstrates their attention to detail, and this is a crucial skill in the industry.
Remember, quality of work matters more than anything, so do not be so quick to accept the lowest bid solely because it is tempting to keep your budget on the low-end. Those stylish stone countertops you have had your eye on will not look nearly as stunning if installed improperly.
The person you choose to handle your home renovations is as important as the renovations themselves.
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