Home remodeling is a big investment. Take a little extra time to find the perfect remodeling contractor, and reap the rewards for years and years down the line.
These simple tips can help you avoid a massive headache and sleep soundly at night—and save a lot of money.
Referrals and word-of-mouth are how the best home remodeling companies get new business, and they’re the first thing you should look for when choosing such an agency.
Home remodeling is a big investment—that means people who had a great experience are very vocal, and people who had a very bad experience are, too.
Ask any friend or family member where they got their work done, and they’ll tell you everything you need to know about their agency.
Now it’s time to do a little digging. Most reputable home remodeling agencies will have a website you can visit where they proudly display their required licenses and designations.
If you can’t find these licenses anywhere, ask to see them. And if the agency can’t provide proof, find someone else.
Remodeling agencies should be licensed by the proper state and local governments, and receive designations from organizations like the National Association of Homebuilders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and National Kitchen & Bath Association.
The best contractors invest hours and hours of time into coursework to achieve these certificates, which indicate they’re serious about providing quality service.
Once your list of contractors is narrowed down, set up meetings at their office or over the phone to gauge whether they’re the right fit or not.
Contractors should be able to answer all of your questions with great clarity and depth, but they should also ask you plenty of questions, too.
And don’t just ask for references—check them, too!
Each contractor should be able to provide a bevy of completed projects to show off their talents. Ask for contact information for the projects you like the most, and don’t hesitate to call former customers to see if they’re truly satisfied with the work.
Ask questions related to the contractor staying under budget, whether the contractor was easy to work with, and if there are any issues with the project that weren’t addressed.
Before you choose a contractor, you must determine:
Make sure your final contract includes:
All set? By now, you’ve found your dream contractor. Time to get building.
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