On The Hunt For A Great Remodeling Contractor? How To Find The Right One
You may feel a little unsure about hiring a remodeling contractor, especially if you've been burned in the past or have never needed one before. When it comes down to making phone calls and talking to several remodeling contractors, it can be intimidating to ask questions about their business.
Finding a trustworthy and experienced remodeling contractor doesn't just happen. You need to know what to look for and what type of questions to ask. Any decent professional will be very happy to offer you the information you need.
If you're on the hunt for a great remodeling contractor, our pros at P&T Design Drafting and Renovations offer the following suggestions.
What To Look For In A Remodeling Contractor
- KNOWLEDGABLE - Find out if they are knowledgeable about your specific remodeling project. Don't assume that every remodeling contractor can do everything because they can't.
- BUDGET CONSCIOUS - A remodeling contractor should be very clear about your budget and what the project will cost, no if's, and's or but's.
- GOOD COMMUNICATION - Your remodeling contractor should be on the same page as you are about what needs to be done. If they are not, they should communicate clearly why they suggest an alternative course of action.
- QUALIFIED – Make sure you find a licensed and insured remodeling company who is very familiar with national and local building code requirements.
What To Ask A Remodeling Contractor
- Do you offer free quotes and consultations? Getting charged for a remodeling contractor's estimate is ridiculous. They should be working harder than that to earn your business.
- Can you provide me with 3 references? Calling past clients to see how they felt about the service and results is a great way to find out whether you can trust the remodeling contractor with your project.
- Do you obtain any necessary permits for me? This should always be answered yes and this should actually be in the contract when you do hire a remodeling contractor.
- Are you available within the next couple of months? You want to make sure the remodeling company can handle your project as soon as possible without being booked so solid that they get pulled off your project for a while.
- Will I have a chance to read and go over the proposed remodeling contract before I sign it? You should always be able to take your time with a proposal contract without being pressured to sign it. Never sign anything that you haven't read over and fully understand. Ask questions if you don't understand something or get professional advice from a lawyer before signing.