It’s the contractor you hire that typically makes — or breaks — your renovation project. Looking for the right contractor for your job will weigh heavily on the quality and timeliness of the work, and how much financial and emotional stress you’ll have to handle.
To be sure you’ll get the best outcome from a contractor, the following are five points you must focus on when reviewing candidates:
The Path To Finding Better Renovations
Several contractors would like to give you one bottom-line price for your work, but this can be confusing for you in terms of their charges for each and every aspect of the job. If, for instance, wainscot was originally planned for your bathroom but you decide against it, how much goes back to your credit after that work was removed? If you’ve been given a single bottom-line price, it’s impossible for you to know. Contractors mustn’t give you a difficult time regarding bid itemization. Otherwise, take it as a red flag.
What You Should Know About Remodels This Year
Estimate against Fixed Price
Do ask for a fixed price bid so you don’t end up overshooting your budget when the work is completed. If a contractor says it’s impossible because there are so many unknowns, try to do away with the unknowns. For instance, let him check into a crawl space or open up a wall. If the unknowns couldn’t be fixed, let the project specifications describe only what may be done based on his assessment. Should additional work be in order, have them do a change order or a written mini-bid for new work.
Any contractor whose local experience spans a minimum of five years has probably established a network of local suppliers and subcontractors, as well as a local reputation to maintain. That makes them safer compared to new contractors or those who have to commute to your job site from miles away. Ask for a business card with a local address — certainly not a P.O. box – along with at least two client references.
Good contractors have a network of suppliers. These people can give valuable information on your contractor’s work quality and reliability. A contractor who gives you a runaround when you ask him about the source of his materials, is definitely hiding something.
Why You Need to Meet the Foreman
Plenty of contractors spend their time performing managerial functions and bidding new projects. That means the foreman is the most important person on your team. So be sure to meet the guy at his present job so you can see how he does his job. If the contractor says he himself will be running the job, ask him if he will be at your site everyday. Of course, he’ll want to give you a response you’ll like, and you can hold him to it later on.