How to Pick the Right Contractor
Remodeling Tips

Tips for Picking the Right Contractor

When it comes to remodeling your home, you want the best person for the job. That’s why it’s essential you choose a contractor who can reach your home renovation goals while being safe and sticking to your budget.

Ask Around

You’re not the first person to seek out a professional contractor for a home renovation project, so use that to your advantage! Ask your fellow homeowner friends if they have any suggestions when it comes to picking a contractor. Don’t forget to get details on what exactly made your friends so happy with that contractor. It doesn’t hurt to pry, especially since contractors are not a one-size-fits-all!

Check Out Their Work

Once you have a few names in mind, check out each contractor’s website for more information on their experience. A friend may recommend a contractor who did a beautiful job remodeling a bathroom, but they may not be the best selection if you’re doing a deck remodel. Most contracting companies have online portfolios, so you can see with your own eyes what they’re capable of.

Interview a Couple Candidates

Once you have a couple of contractors in mind, reach out to them. Inquire about their prices, availability, and any other specific project questions you may have. Plus, this will not only allow you to get to know your potential remodelers, but also take note of how well they communicate with you. Great communication is key in a successful home remodel.

Check Out Credentials

Before you give a contractor the green light, make sure they’re qualified to work on your home. A professional contractor should uphold licenses from both the state and local municipality in which they conduct business. Other notable certifications come from associations such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the National Association of Homebuilders. Take note of any extra certifications your contractor went out of their way to achieve.

Verify the Business

Research is key when it comes to picking a contractor. Take time to check out the business aspects of the contractor to ensure that they are running a valid operation. Answering the following questions can help you decipher the legitimacy of your contractor:

  • Does the contractor have a business mailing address, email, and phone number?
  • Does the contractor have insurance that protects you from any potential liabilities?
  • Does the contract have a trustworthy reputation?  How is their track record of success?
  • How long has the contractor been in business?

Write it Down

Once you pick your contractor, get everything in writing. There should be a written contract between you and the contractor that you can thoroughly read through. Keep a copy for your records as well as any information on the contractor’s insurance. With everything in writing, you’re protected from potential liabilities and the business relationship is clearly understood by both parties.

Trust Your Gut

You know best! Select a contractor who you not only trust to complete your project, but who you also trust working in your home. Safety, reliability, and professionality are all important when picking a contractor for your home renovation project.

About the Author - Melinda Miley

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