Remodeling your home can be a daunting task, with the amount of planning, cost, and the inconveniences that comes with remodeling your home, the last thing you want is a contractor that doesn’t see eye-to-eye. So before you start on that long-awaited remodeling project, here are 5 things to know before hiring a contractor.
1. Research Contractors
Before you start your project, seek the help of family, friends and neighbors to narrow your search of potential contractors down. When choosing a contractor, be selective in – check for signs of professionalism, punctuality, responsiveness and their quality of work in past projects. Be aware that this person will be in your home frequently, working extended hours and there on a daily basis.
Having a contractor that matches your personality, respects your boundaries and is optimistic about the project, can make a big impact on the way the project is carried out. Also, before hiring a contractor certify that the company is accredited and insured and has a similar experience with your type of project. Complete a background check to know if that contractor and its workers are in good-standings. Remember these contractors will be in your home for the duration of the project, so be sure to hire someone that will have your best interest at heart.
2. Make a Goal
Even if you have an abstract view of what the project should look like, setting goals for your project is essential. Having a goal allows you to set specific expectations for the project, such as a timeline, and cost. Setting these goals will help you communicate effectively with your contractor on the details and datelines of the project.
Goals translate to accountability, so letting your contractor know the specifics of your ideal project will aid them in making your dream a reality. Discuss your goals with your contractor so the both of you can be on the same page before anything is stripped down or bulldozed.
3. Get A Quote
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, get a written estimate for your remodeling project. However, don’t go for the lowest prices offered. Going cheap will sometimes mean that your contractor may be cutting corners and will likely end up costing you thousands of dollars more than you planned for. But do ask your contractor for an explanation of the estimate. Getting a quote will be the distinguishing factor between the contractors that will be effective in finishing your project and those that won’t.
4. Draft a Contract
WRITE IT DOWN! When you're hiring a contractor, write everything that you expect from the project down in a legally binding contract. No matter the size of your project, having a contract will help protect your interest as well as the contractor’s. Every detail of the project should be in writing – from a timeline, to the description of work, and materials that will be used. Even the brand or make of the fixtures is important to detail in your contract. Drafting a contract ensures that during an unfortunate event of dispute or incompletion of a project, both parties are aware of their expectations and can come up with a resolution promptly.
5. How to Pay
Don’t pay your contractor more than 30 percent upfront. Make periodic payments as the contractor completes certain portions of the project. Aim to make an average of three payments, dangling at least 10 percent to be paid only when the job is completed to your satisfaction.
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