A remodeling project may not be for the ordinary homeowner to tackle on their own. It is important to keep up repairs that are needed in the home and to modernize or update before renting or listing a home onto the sellers market. It is imperative to find a local, reliable, and dependable remodeling contractor to assist you with your remodeling needs.
Here are some questions and tips when choosing a remodeling contractor. Does the remodeling contractor have a permanent mailing address, email address, telephone number, and cell phone number? Do they carry liability insurance that protects you as a customer? Make sure you ask the contractor for a copy of their certificate of insurance. How long as the company been in business? Do they have any referrals to offer? You can do an online search through the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List.
It is best to meet with the contractor in person weeks in advance so that everything is clear as to what work will be done in the remodeling project. How much time will it take such as one week, two weeks, or four weeks? Communication is very important between homeowner and remodeling contractor otherwise the end result can be a disaster for both parties.
Get a quote in writing or in email form so that everything is clear in the contract between yourself and the remodeling contractor. The contract needs to clearly indicate the site plan being remodeled, a bid price and total amounts which include any deposits required and a payment schedule. It needs to indicate specific information about what work will be done during the remodeling process. Does the remodeling project include a limited or long term warranty? Do they have a dispute procedure or arbitration process if the remodeling work does not meet your expectations? Once everything is clear in the contract then you and the remodeling contractor can sign all the documents with a witness if possible.
Any money that is paid be sure to get a receipt for anything from a deposit to monthly payments paid and received. It is best to use a bank check, money order, or credit cards. This makes payments much easier to track. Once the remodeling is complete, you can cherish and enjoy your newly remodeled home. If you are completely satisfied you can give the company a good review through a consumer website such as Angie’s List or maybe they can use you as a referral in the future for the next customer.