How to choose the right contractor for your home renovation project?
Choosing a satisfactory contractor is a crucial step in any remodelling project. How can you as the homeowner, be confident you’re hiring the right home renovation contractor? Here are some guidelines for succeeding through that process:
Determine who you will need to hire. If you’re looking to someone for small project, such as painting a room or replacing light fixtures, then you only need a skilled tradesman. However, if you are looking for someone to do anything with multiple aspects such as plumbing, electrical, tilling, and painting, for instances in a kitchen or bathroom remodel, then you want to hire a general contractor.
Do proper research. Most homeowners setting out on a home renovation journey start by asking people they know for contractor recommendation. Seek referral from friends and family, the people that you trust-and keep in mind, ever if they had gratifying experience, don’t presume you will for certain, as each project is different. Have in mind throughout your quest, that only a handful of people, usually architects, are even qualified to recognize if a contractor is technically competent. A proficient contractor will deliver the finished project as promised even if things go wrong.
Communicate your vision well before getting bids. If you’re bringing in multiple contractors to bid, put together scope of work, by walking through the property, writing down what you want done, and locating comparable/inspirational pictures online to include as well. Also, remember to specify your budget range and provide a material spec sheet as well, which should include your desired appliances, lighting, cabinetry, and any other selection details you might have. Adding a floor plan is always very helpful too.
Schedule an on-site meeting. Schedule an on-site walk-through at the property to review the project, and the scope of work you created. This is an opportune time to determine whether you’re on the same page about your vision, and to ensure transparency for both you and the contractor.
Make sure the home renovation contractor has the required insurance in place. Always make sure the contractor has workers insurance as required before hiring them for your project.
Warning sign of bad contractor:
- If a contractor doesn’t want to utilize a written contract.
- If a contractor wants to cash-only deposit.
- If a contractor wants to charge for an outline proposal (a fully detailed estimate is something different, then it’s common for contractor to reimburse this fee when they are awarded the project.)
- If a contractor asks you to submit permits. (This is their responsibility, and it also help building agencies confirm the contractor is currently licensed)
Although you may read otherwise, do not invite more than 3 contractors to bid on your project. If you do, you are likely going to end up wasting your time and reducing the interest of each contractor. In the perspective of the contractor, a one-in-three is worth the effort, but more than that is a high chance of a waste of their time. Also, be sure not to schedule more than one contractor for your home at the same time. Instead, take an individual walk-through with you, and make nations for yourself, so that you can include into your plan, possibly.