Investing in the value of your home with a remodeling project can be exciting, but in some cases, it’s a bit risky.
Hiring the right general contractor to take on your remodeling project is an extremely important first step. The right contractor for your remodel will oversee the project, pull the right permits and coordinate the subcontractors who will make your dream remodel become reality.
So how do you find the right contractor?
Giving Yourself Options When Hiring a Contractor
Give yourself several choices when choosing a remodeling contractor. This advice applies even if one of the contractors you’re considering is comes strongly recommended by someone you trust. Keep in mind that the perfect crew for your in-laws’ basement rec room conversion may not be the ideal team to overhaul your kitchen.
Put your plans in writing—the desired result and preferred materials. Get at least three contractors to submit bids for your project, and compare them.
What to Look for in a Contractor Bid
Each bid you receive is part of the vetting process for your ideal remodeling contractor. Insist that they submit a fixed bid, not a “time and materials” bid. Any contractor who only bids time and materials should not make the cut. This type of bid is too flexible—and not in a good way. A fixed bid tells you exactly what you’ll pay for the job, barring unforeseen problems with your home’s condition.
Expect each bid to be itemized. Do the math to ensure there are no expenses unaccounted for, and don’t be afraid to contact the contractor with any questions you have about his or her bid. If a bid comes in late, that can be a good indicator of a contractor who can’t keep promises. An unusually high or low bid should also cause concern.
Get (And Check) Contractors’ References
It’s important to check the references your contractor supplies. If possible, go to see the actual work, rather than just speaking with the homeowner. Additionally, be sure your contractor is licensed and has full liability insurance as well as worker’s compensation coverage. Finally, check with your local consumer affairs office and the Better Business Bureau to ensure the contractor has no complaints on file.
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