Figuring Out Renovations

How to Hire a Reliable Home Remodeling Contractor

It’s the contractor you hire that typically makes — or breaks — your renovation project. Hunting for a good contractor will dictate the quality and timeliness of the work, and the how much emotional and financial stress you may have to go through.

To be sure you’ll get the best outcome from a contractor, the following are five points you must focus on when reviewing candidates:

Detailed Bids
What Has Changed Recently With Services?

A lot of contractors would prefer to give you one bottom-line price for your work, but you could find this vague when it comes to what they’re charging for the individual aspects of the job. For instance, if the original plan included wainscot for your bathroom, but you decide not to push through with it, how much should be deducted from the total cost? If you have no more than a single bottom-line price, you will never know. Contractors should make bid itemization easy for you. Otherwise, take it as a red flag.
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Estimate against Fixed Price

Make it a point to request a fixed price bid to avoid overrunning your budget by the end of your project. If a contractor tells you that’s hard as there are lot of unknowns, try to get rid of those unknowns. Make him open up a wall, for example. 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.

Local Experience

A contractor who’s been in the business locally for five or ten years likely has a solid network of local subcontractors and suppliers, as well as a reputation to uphold in the community. That means they are a safer option compared to relatively inexperienced contractors or those who intend to commute to your work site from 50 miles away. Ask for at least two client references and a business card that has a nearby address — definitely not a P.O. box.

Main Suppliers

Good contractors have a network of suppliers. You can approach these people for information regarding your prospective contractor’s reliability and the quality of their work. A contractor who gives you a runaround when you ask him about the source of his materials, is definitely hiding something.

Why You Should Meet the Foreman

A lot of contractors spend their time getting new projects and doing managerial functions. That means the foreman is the most important person on your team. So make it a point to meet the foreman personally at his current job so you can get an idea how he works. If the contractor is going to run the job himself, ask him if he’ll be there at your job site everyday. He will surely want to give a response you’ll like, and that’s something you can hold him to later on.