Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor Remodeling projects are all about care and dexterity. You need to be sure about the credibility of the contractor and quality of materials he uses. Price is a key factor to consider, but it is not the only key thing. Here are tips to guide you to get the best deal. Build a list from referrals
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Friends and family can give you names of remodeling experts whose work they liked. Talk to a building inspector about contractors with a reputation. He knows professional remodeling contractors that satisfy the building code requirements. Better still, talk to your local lumberyard because he regularly interacts with contractors and knows who buys quality materials and honors payments on time. You can then check for a list of certified local members from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Do phone interviews With your list of prospects, call each contractor. Ask them about the size of projects that they can handle, availability of financial references from suppliers or bank, their client list, the number of projects they are currently working on, and duration of engagement with their subcontractors. These questions are to test their availability, reliability, focus and efficiency towards your remodeling project. Due diligence Come up with a list of four or five professional remodelers after the interview, and set up in-person interviews. As much as personality is important, it is not the only thing that should guide you. Find out about their work history.Consult the consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau in your local town to establish if there were any contractual breaches with suppliers or subcontractors. Check further especially from past clients to get their opinion about the outcome of the completed projects. Go to one of the sites where they are currently working on a project and check how their work is going on. Focus on the neatness and safety measures they’ve put on the site. Observe the work ethics of the staff when it comes to courtesy to people and care for the property. Request for a quotation You now have a contractor whose work ethics and efficiency are to your satisfaction. Seek to see and understand the project blueprint from the side of the contractor. What’s more important here is to let the contractor know your budget and expectations for the project. Let two or three different contractors each present a bid with a clear allocation to materials, labor, administrative expenses, and profit margins. Usually materials make 40 percent of the total project cost. The remaining percentage is meant to cover overheads and profit allocation, typically ranging between 15 and 20 percent. Lastly, develop a realistic payment schedule that you and the contractor agree on. And please, do everything in writing.