Not all contractors are created equal. In fact, most contractors fall squarely on one end of the spectrum and are either very qualified or fraudulent. If you choose a remodeling contractor that falls into the former camp, your remodeling project is likely to be completed on time, within budget and to your satisfaction. If you choose a contractor that falls on the latter end of the spectrum, though, you will likely deal with costly delays, even costlier fixes and a project that never gets fully finished. To avoid the second type of scenario, it is imperative that you choose your contractor wisely. Below are a few tips to help you do so.
Know What Type of Work You Want and Need Done
First and foremost, decide what type of contractor you need. You can do this by pinpointing what it is, exactly, that you want or need done. For instance, if you want to undertake a bathroom remodel, you will need to hire a general contractor, plumber and possibly electrician. If you want to commence a kitchen remodel, however, you may need a GC, plumber, electrician, carpenter and floor layer. If you plan to remove walls and/or move them around, you may also need to hire a framer, painter and/or drywall specialist. The bottom line is that every contractor has a specialty. Determine the type of work you need to be done so you can identify the best specialist for the job.
Do Your Due Diligence
Once you determine what type of remodeling contractor you need, it’s time to start searching for one. Turn to Google and your friends, family and acquaintances. Review websites, customer testimonials and BBB ratings. Narrow down your options to a handful of contractors and schedule estimates.
Use the estimate as an opportunity to learn more about each contractor and determine whether you can have a working relationship with him or her. Make note of the questions he or she asks as well as his or her answers to yours. Once you receive a quote, don’t base your decision just off the estimated total. Rather, review each line item and make sure everything adds up, both literally and figuratively.
Ultimately, you want to choose a remodeling contractor with whom you feel comfortable and who has the skill and experience to complete your project on time and within budget. Using the above tips can help you find that contractor.