When thinking about home renovation, homeowners are faced with the challenge of selecting the right renovation contractor. The market is filled with many contractors who assert they are professionals. So, it takes some legwork to pick the best one for your renovation mission.
Here are a few tried and tested tips to help you handle this complex task.
1. Seek information & advice
Ask relatives, friends, and neighbors who have had a good experience in their remodeling projects. In addition, also ask these important questions: How well did their remodel contractors stay on schedule and budget? Probe their communication style, quality of work, problem-handling skills, and if they would consider hiring the same contractor again.
2. Online reviews
Check star rankings and online testimonials. Though cannot be blindly trusted, this will at least help you start building your list of some well-known contractors.
3. BBB Ratings
Once you get their business names, verify their licenses and professional organizations. This information will also assist you to research the BBB (Better Business Bureau) for grievances and other disputes the contractor has faced in the past.
4. Verify their credentials
Now start doing some preliminary research. Peruse their websites and make sure they hold all the required licenses, insurance, and certification from state and local municipalities. Also, check their tenure in this business and how many similar projects they’ve completed like yours. You can visit their office or the construction sites. Observe how neat and clean it is, how the renovators work, the condition of the tools used, etc.
5. Request for bids
At this stage when you have shortlisted only two to three of them, request an estimate. When you receive an estimate, evaluate how comprehensive and clear the expenditures and timeline are. If the bid is unclear, be wary. Don’t easily get attracted by a low bid, be sure to compare that to the quality of their job and what their references have to say about them.
6. Sign a detailed contract
The contract should be nowhere based on assumptions. It should include a complete scope of work, payment plan, timeline, materials to be used, safety rules, etc. Your contract must consist of guidelines for when and where contractors are allowed in your home and in what condition your home ought to be left at the end of each day.
If you do make alterations after the contract has been documented and signed, be sure to add those changes in an addendum to the contract and have all parties sign.
We at MW Constructions have certified and experienced renovation contractors. You can avail a free consultation from them and get free estimates as well. Please call our office today at (609) 635-3837 or submit your query here.