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Top 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Contractor

Are you considering doing home remodeling for your home? It can be difficult to find the right contractor, for the right price. Local contractors are abundant, but there are some things to look out for when choosing your next home remodeler.

Here are the popular forms of home remodeling:

  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Kitchen remodeling
  • Basement remodeling
  • Concrete replacement
  • Outdoor structures

Specialties

Once you decide on what type of project you are looking for, its important to find a local contractor that specializes in that specific type of project. You don’t want to hire a concrete contractor to install your kitchen sink, and vice versa.

Even some “home remodeling contractors” may not be skilled at all aspects of the job. I’ve had home remodeling contractors do work on my home and they messed up the plumbing. They need to be skilled at all aspects of the project.

Get References

Have they done this type of work before? Do they have verified reviews from other successful projects from customers? Make sure to look at the work they’ve completed previously to ensure they are going to do solid professional work on your home.

Licensed and Bonded

Does your state require licensing for that specific trade? If so, make sure to ask if they are licensed and provide proof if you question their authenticity. Having work done by a licensed contractor is important to ensure quality craftsmanship.

Are they a licensed business? If they are simply doing side work and don’t own a business, it can be difficult to seek damages if they aren’t licensed or a registered business. Ensure you Google their credentials and their company name.

Timeline

Having work done in your home while you live there can feel invasive. How fast will the project be completed? Are they confident they can complete the project that meets your timeline? You’ll want to ask these questions up front so you aren’t surprised once they start the work.

Budget

This is #5 but probably the most important. Many contractors will try to “nickel and dime” you. What I mean by that is, they will win you over on the initial project price then charge you more as the project gets completed. Saying, “that isn’t included,” and recommending higher-priced materials that quickly goes outside your budget. You may start at a budget of $15k and end up paying $25k after the project is complete.

Of course, things do come up that are unforeseen. If demolition exposes mold or improper wiring, more work is needed to correct those issues. Make sure to discuss these obstacles up front to ensure you are both on the same page.

If you are searching for a quality contractor, do your research, ask a lot of questions, and ask your friends and family who they would recommend. After all, first hand experience with a contractor means more than something you read online.

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Lakisha Davis
Lakisha Davis
Lakisha Davis is a 20-year-old business studies student who enjoys watching tv shows, stealing candy from babies, and listening to the radio. She is creative and friendly, but can also be very boring and a bit selfish.
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