How to Avoid Remodeling Nightmares

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Anytime you need work done on your home that’s above your do-it-yourself skills, you need to hire a contractor, and that can be a tricky proposition. After all, choosing the right contractor for your remodeling job can mean the difference between having a dream renovation or enduring a botched, expensive, and ongoing nightmare. Hiring the wrong contractor can result in a remodeling nightmare for you and your home.

That’s why, finding the best contractor for the job is so important to the success of your project. For any remodel, you expect your contractor to show up on time and complete the work on time. Furthermore, you want him to use the right materials and stick to the price quote he gave your prior to starting the job. Seems easy enough but, because of bad contractors, one can’t assume anything until the entire job is done.

If you’re planning a renovation and don’t have a contractor you can trust, here are a few simple guidelines to assist you in your search.

1. Consult as many sources as possible
• Don’t pick the first guy that comes along.
• Talk to family, friends, and neighbors and ask if they know of a good contractor who may have done past work for them.

2. Ask for credentials and work history

• At least 7 years of experience.
• Are currently licensed and bonded in your state.
• An excellent work record and reputation and have no derogatory comments with the BBB or Contractor’s Board.
• Liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

• How long have you been doing renovations/remodeling in my area?
• Are you equipped for a project this size?
• Are you currently involved in other projects?
• Can you show me pictures of completed projects?

4. Get multiple bids
Now that you’ve narrowed down your search, you’re ready to accept bids. Give them your designated specs, what you expect, and all the blueprints, list of materials you want used for the remodel. Let them do a walkthrough and explain what they plan to do. Then ask for a bid and cost breakdown. Also, pin down the planned completion date. Don’t necessarily take the lowest bid. You may be disappointed.

5. Cost breakdown and payment schedule
Don’t take anything for granted. Remember, it’s your money. Know exactly what you’re paying for. Get an itemized list of expenses, materials, fixtures, and labor. Agree on attainable project milestones with a payment schedule.

6. Read and review the contract before signing
• Once you feel comfortable you’ve made the right choice, before signing the contract, you may want to have a lawyer review it as well.
• Make sure everything is spelled out.

Don’t deal with the unknown when it comes to hiring a contractor, contact us today to get to work on your home renovation today.

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