Did you just buy a home that is in dire need of updating before you move into it? Or is the home you currently occupy finally giving you the itch to remodel it into something new? No matter why you are seeking a remodel of your home, unless you are a skilled professional, you will want to involve a remodeling contractor. These folks will sometimes handle the entirety of the project(s) themselves, while others will serve in the capacity of a general contractor, subbing out certain skilled parts of the job (electric, plumbing, etc) to other pros. But before you start searching online for a contractor for the remodeling job you want done, read the following tips for hiring a remodeling contractor.
Know what you want the remodel to accomplish
No matter how great a remodeling contractor is at their job, one task they cannot accomplish is reading the mind of a client. Though the best in the field will be able to answer all of your remodeling questions and give helpful suggestions and recommendations, they all know that YOU are the one that ultimately has to be happy with the end result of the remodel. This means you need to know what you want the remodel to accomplish, as well as being able to effectively communicate with the contractor about your desires.
If you’re remodeling the kitchen, what look are you going for? In the bathroom, is there a particular style of fixtures that you are wanting? What features do you want in a new deck? No matter what is getting overhauled, you’ll have important questions to ask yourself so that you can give your contractor proper guidance.
A skilled remodeling contractor will also be an effective communicator. They will carefully look over your list of what you want done, and give you feedback on how it can be accomplished. And if there is something on your list that isn’t possible or might not be cost effective, a solid contractor will let you know that, too.
Get estimates from several professionals
Now that you know what you want, it’s time to begin the search for who can deliver it to you. It’s generally not recommended to just pick any random contractor. Getting several via referrals is the best way to go. Each one will go over your list of projects and prepare an estimate for the materials and labor.
After you have at least three estimates, you’ll need to select which one to go with. Keep in mind that selecting the right contractor for the job involves more than just the lowest price. You’ll want the contractor you hire to have a great track record. Even if a friend or neighbor highly recommends them, it’s important to take this next tip to heart.
Don't be shy about asking for references from the remodeling contractor
You should ask your prospective remodeling contractor for references. A true professional will have these references and/or photo/video samples from past jobs ready to show at a moment’s notice.
Seeing the completed jobs from the contractor isn’t the only reason why you will want to ask for references. You will want to inquire about their work ethic, how close the job came to the estimate, and how communicative the contractor was throughout the entire process.
Ask your contractor for proof of professional liability insurance
Before you continue, you will want to make absolutely certain that the contractor you hire for your remodel has the proper insurance. A contractor that is fully insured and bonded will keep you from incurring any unexpected losses from contractor mistakes. Without proper insurance, you would be forced to go after the contractor personally for any damages from any negligence or other issues.
When viewing their certificate of insurance, pay close attention to the dates to make sure that the policy isn't expired and is still in force.
Ask for and sign a contract with the remodeling contractor
Once you’ve settled on your remodeling contractor, it’s important that you have a contract signed with them. This is to protect both you, the contractor, and any subcontractors that are brought in to work. A solid contract will spell out all of the necessary details of the various stages of the job(s) to be performed, the estimated costs for each one, and of the particulars of the job. Read it over carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Never sign a contract that makes you uneasy. It’s perfectly okay to have a trusted legal source vet the contract before you sign it. If you are wanting this to be done before you put your signature on the bottom line, a quality professional will understand.
A true real estate professional will be a great source for finding a five-star remodeling contractor
Did you just buy your home? If you had a great agent before, you’ll probably recall how they connected you with your home inspector, closing attorney, and other pros that worked to get you into your home.
The agents on the Marion Filley Team possess a wealth of knowledge about the entirety of the real estate industry, including insider knowledge on renovations if you are looking for tips for hiring a remodeling contractor. Looking to remodel a home in preparation to having it listed on the market for sale? Consider the Marion Filley Team for moving your house forward to a successful close.