You’ve spent hours watching home improvement shows to get ideas for your upcoming remodel. Your Pinterest account is full of thousands of pictures in your quest for every detail of your new space to be perfect. You’re finally ready to move forward, but first, you have to choose a contractor. You don’t want to trust your most valuable asset to just anyone. Here are 5 tips to help you find the best contractor for your upcoming home renovations.
1. Ask Your Family and Friends
Asking someone you trust is one of the easiest ways to find a great contractor. It’s even simpler if they’ve recently had a project completed and you like how it turned out. Be sure to ask if they are aware of any contractors whose services you should avoid.
2. Interview More than One Service Provider
If you like the initial contractor you meet with, you will still want to compare him to others. Interview at least three contractors before narrowing down your list to a final candidate. Even if you choose the first company, you can feel more comfortable that you have made the best decision.
3. Busy Contractors
Would you prefer to eat at the empty restaurant or one with a line extending around the block? You want to be assured that your project will be started within a reasonable time frame and get the attention that it deserves. However, a busy contractor gives some indication that they have satisfied customers.
4. Do Your Due Diligence
Before deciding to contract with a service provider, take some time to check into the company’s history. Do they have the proper licenses? Do they have any complaints or lawsuits against them now or in the past? If so, this could be a sign of danger ahead.
5. It’s All about the Details
Once you have outlined the project and the general contractor provides you with an estimate, it should be as detailed as possible. The estimate should include detailed line items of the scope of the work to be performed and the costs associated with each task. You should also have a clear understanding of what work is not included in the estimate. The same guidelines apply when it is time to sign the contract.
Home renovations can be exciting. They represent an improvement to your most precious asset that you will enjoy for years to come. Use these tips to find the best contractor to fulfill your needs who will treat your home as their own.
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