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In most cases, the hardest part of home remodeling is finding a good and reliable contractor for the job. We’ve all heard stories about nightmare contractors who broke the kitchen apart and never came back, or projects that ended up costing thrice the original estimate. These are only a few reasons to be very careful in choosing people to handle your home remodeling project.
If you’ve been scanning for a trustworthy contractor, below are tips that may actually may be all you need:
1. Start with referrals
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Word of mouth is undeniably the best route to any qualified professional, not just contractors. Ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for referrals. Remember to ask why they think it’s been a good experience, how the contractor took responsibility of the problems and if they would use the same contractor for a future need.
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2. Evaluate credentials.
After getting a few referrals, it’s time to do some preliminary research, either by calling the contractor’s office or visiting their website. See if they are licensed, both on state and municipal levels, and if they belong to any professional associations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or the National Association of Homebuilders. Find contractors who have spent time and money on course work and painstaking exams to earn specific certifications. However, you should know that certifications are not all created equal. Do some more research to find out the requirements.
3. Interview prospects.
Reduce your list of candidates and set a meeting with each of them. Try to limit it to three contractors, as things can be confusing beyond that. The way a contractor answers your questions is very important, but communication is a two-way street. Expect the candidates throw their own questions as well.
4. Speak to references.
You need to check out some of the contractors’ ongoing or recent projects. Also take time to call some of their former customers to know if they were contented with the their project’s outcome. Note that working with a remodeler means you are purchasing a service rather than a product.
5. Look into management practices and business background.
There are a few more things you’d like to know about a remodeler before hiring one. Ask your prospects if they: > Keep permanent mailing and email addresses, mobile, landline and fax numbers numbers, and voicemail;
> Are covered by liability insurance;
> Are established presence in your local community; or
> Hold any relevant professional certifications.
5. Have a written contract.
Once you’ve picked a contractor, go over the documents they have prepared. All the pertinent details must be there, such as:
> price and schedule of payment;
> details of work;
> the site plan;
> schedule of main construction tasks;
> change-order clause;
> dispute resolution clause; and
> a waiver of lien, which stops suppliers and subcontractors from putting a lien on your property if ever the contractor fails to pay their invoices.