How to Find a Home Renovation Contractor
It’s often hard and costly – if at all possible – to get your money back once you’ve been ripped off. That’s the reason homework is necessary before hiring a home remodeling contractor.
Getting Quotes or Estimates
Any renovation, whether big or small, should start with no less than three estimates. Nothing’s better than word-of-mouth references – at least, there’s one satisfied customer you actually know. Be careful with anyone who’s a jack of all trades (and a master of none). For jobs that require a lot of skill sets, like a kitchen or bathroom renovation, you’d still want to work with a single contractor, but different specialists must handle different areas of the project, like wiring, tiling and plumbing.
Smart Tips For Finding Experts
When asking different contractors for a quote, make sure it is detailed and submitted in written form. More importantly, make sure you provide exactly the same project specifications so you can compare reasonably. If one quote is significantly higher or lower than the others, ask the contractor what specific services or materials they have included and/or left out. Finally, don’t make a choice solely because of the price. Keep that old adage in mind: anything that seems too good to be true, probably is.
Getting Down To Basics with Homes
Doing a Background Check
Once you’ve picked a company you think is the best for you, there are some more things you should do prior to signing a contract. You can begin by asking for client references and pictures of their newest projects. When possible, try to visit the job site of a project in progress. Call your area’s Better Business Bureau. Several people are unaware that these offices have records of complaints against both members and non-members. With just one phone call, you would know if a contractor has been the subject of a consumer case filed within the last three years. To remain affiliated with the BBB, member contractors have to resolve any complaints in a manner that is satisfying to the organization. Additionally, verify the validity of the contractor’s operating license by checking with your local municipal licensing office.
Signing the Contract
When everything checks out, you can seriously consider signing the contract. On top of the basic business information, such as the contractor’s contact information, office address, business and GST numbers, etc., the contract must come with a detailed breakdown of costs (should cover both labor and materials), a specific start date and end date for the project, and a thoroughly explained warranty clause. Upon signing the document, you will probably be asked to put a down payment of about 10-20% of the project’s total cost. If they demand you give them more than 20%, find another prospect.
Lastly, never pay the full amount upfront. In fact, after putting the down payment, the only time you should pay off the balance is when you are happy with the final outcome of the project.