Hiring a contractor to do the remodeling projects on or in your house is not a pleasant activity even when it goes smoothly. Making the hiring of a remodeling contractor go a little more smoothly can be accomplished by outlining the situation via checklist. A checklist of elements to look into during the hiring process is not that difficult to follow. If you have trouble understanding what should go into the checklist, here are a few conventional and general components that would go into creating a checklist for any kind of remodeling job.
The internet is more than just a place to grow virtual plants and look at ridiculously endowed men and women. Most reliable contractors are going to have a web presence, though you should not immediately dismiss a contractor if they do not. Check out the official web site of all contractors under consideration and then move onto reviews. The major search engines can provide access to some reviews of local businesses, but broaden your range simply by doing an internet search for contractor reviews in your city.
Keep in mind you cannot always trust internet reviews. A bad review could actually have been written by a competitor who wants to bad-mouth the remodeling contractor under your consideration. Likewise, a really great review may be the work of someone either paid for the job or given a break on a remodeling project of their own. Get references from previous customers of the contractor and track them down. Get the skinny on things like how long the project took to complete, how much work the homeowner had to do to get the contractor to finish on schedule and any other pertinent information that can help you make a decision.
A remodeling job of any type means getting material, equipment and supplies. This can mean the Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, Wal-Mart and, hopefully, some locally owned and operated stores. Inquire within about their dealings with the contractor you are thinking of hiring. This is a good way to find out if the contractor is reliable about paying bills on time as well as whether they have good credit. This information can be extremely useful to you for your remodeling project.
You should get your contractors involved in a bidding war if possible. Don’t accept at face value any suggestion by a contractor that his bid is in the ballpark of what any of his competitors might offer. You may be shocked at the expanse that exists between what one contractor will bid for your project and the bid that a competitor will offer. Also keep in mind that the lowest bid may well result in the least accomplished workers or the cheapest material. Don’t let your remodeling job suffer as a result of going with the lowest bid.
Make sure that your remodeling contractor carries liability and workers comp insurance. Liability can serve to protect you in the event of a catastrophic turn of events. Workers comp insurance provides medical coverage for any work who gets hurt on the job. Don’t just accept the contractor’s word that he has insurance coverage. Ask to see proof of the policies.