How to Find the Right Contractor for Your Home Remodel project?
Hiring a general contractor for any home remodel can be stressful and time-consuming. With any home renovation, simple steps can help avoid the horror stories and nightmares we have all heard about. We have a helpful checklist full of tips that will show you how to find and hire a good contractor.
Especially when some general contractors are dishonest, unreliable, and completely untrustworthy. Either you or someone you know has experienced such a situation. So before beginning any project, these simple tips can help prospective customers avoid becoming a statistic.
1. HAVE A PLAN
Knowing what your dream kitchen, bathroom, or home project should resemble will decrease time and stress. Be specific when talking to potential contractors. Let them know what you envision. Pulling pictures from the internet or taking images from magazines is always helpful.
References are key! Ask friends, neighbours, or even co-workers if and when they have used general contractors in the past. Who did they use? How was their overall experience? Would they recommend them in the future? Never be apprehensive about asking as many questions as need be to conclude. Your home is your pride and joy, and as such finding, the right person is essential to an enjoyable experience.
3. IS YOUR CONTRACTOR THE RIGHT PERSON FOR YOUR SPECIFIC JOB?:
General contractors are just that, general. Someone who did a fantastic job renovating your front lawn may not have enough experience remodelling your kitchen, bathroom, or other home projects. Choose a contractor who has extensive experience and knowledge. Choose a contractor who routinely performs the type of project you are looking to have completed.
4. IS YOUR CONTRACTOR LICENSED?:
Always ask your contractor for a copy of his/her license and copies of the licenses of any subcontractors who may be working in your home or on your property.
5. NEGOTIATE PRICE:
Sticking to your budget is essential. Due to the unfortunate nature of untrustworthy contractors, don’t be afraid to ask a contractor to lower their price or ask for a discount.
6. CONSTANT COMMUNICATION:
As the client, you have every right to be informed and apprised of the progress happening within your home. Whichever contractor you have chosen should always stay in constant communication with their clients. Radio silence is never a good thing. An excellent contractor informs clients of potential problems that arise during renovation, timelines, delays with materials, inspection dates, and anything else that happens.