Remodeling in the US
In a recent Trulia survey, it was discovered that about 90% of Americans plan on remodeling their homes. Have you ever considered that the most challenging part of your home renovation could be finding the right contractor? Here are some things you should consider when selecting the right contractor for your remodeling projects.
Identify what you want in the home
What is the look you plan to achieve when the work is done? Though easy, it is a crucial part of your search for the right contractor. Without a plan on how you want to remodel your home, it will be challenging to find a contractor who meets your needs. Knowing what you want in the home also helps determine the cost involved. Maybe not the actual figure, but it provides an estimation to help you compare to others when you commence the search.
Research online reviews of selected contractors
The internet holds a wealth of information you would find useful- especially reviews. Although the contracting firm may have a website, reviews are more reliable as they are from the standpoint of the client. Customers tend to leave both positive and negative reviews about contractors they worked with. Some contractors work with real estate companies, which is a great way to find out more about them through the parent organization. Sites such as Angie’s List and Yelp are authentic places to find such reviews of contractors specialized in home improvements and remodeling.
Interview multiple contractors
After viewing the reviews, it’s time to call up a few you noted down. This helps you in making inquiries and comparing prices. Consider the contractor’s specializations, licenses, and work experience. You can schedule personal meetings with each of them. Remember to ask if they have ever worked on a project similar or the same as yours. If necessary, push to see the client involved in that project. After all, you want to get your money’s worth.
Focus only on detailed bids
Show your project’s blueprint to the few contractors while you define your plans with each one. Also, make it known to them the actual cost you are willing to spend on your entire project. Besides, it is expected that these contractors will present you with a full quote of their work, which should help you make the right decision. It will be best if you focus on how you feel personally with each contractor. Sometimes, the decision may stem from instincts and intuition. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with that final contractor. You should get along from the onset.
Once you have the contractor you are confident about, it is time to negotiate. Apart from ensuring your remodeling is well done, you would want it done at an affordable and reasonable price. The process involved in selecting the right contractor for your project can be time-consuming and may take a while to be completed. However, rather than to rush the process, go with the flow, so you are assured you have made the right choice.