Home remodeling projects can be a lot of fun. They allow you to bring your ideas and your own personal taste to life. Whether you’ve got a big project or something small, hiring a contractor can make it easier on you. But there are things you should consider before choosing a contractor for your remodeling projects.
Most people tend to look at the price first. No one wants to spend thousands of dollars, and spending more money doesn’t always mean you’ll get the best contractor available.
But it’s important to look at other factors when you’re considering a contractor, too. Your home should be your place of refuge and comfort — it’s where you spend most of your time. So, don’t risk poor craftsmanship or work on a contractor you can’t trust. With that in mind, let’s look at a few of the considerations you should make when bringing a contractor in for a remodeling project.
Know Who’s Coming Into Your Home
Before you hire a contractor, the most important thing you can do is to know exactly who you’re hiring. Thankfully, using today’s technology, that’s easier than ever. You can perform checks on reviews of the company, and you can even look into companies that perform background checks on all of their workers. Background checks cover everything from past criminal convictions to sexual harassment charges or education or other workplace issues. When you invite someone into your home to work, you want to make sure you’re protecting yourself and your family.
You also have to make sure any contractor you hire is licensed and insured. This will help to cover and protect you if any accidents happen on the job, or if any damage is done to your home. That’s why it’s not necessarily a good idea to hire your neighbor’s brother who does handyman work on the side. You want to stay as safe as possible in your hiring process, and throughout the construction.
With that being said, we live in a gig economy. Great contractors don’t always have to work for large companies anymore. By doing your own research, you can find a quality contractor who works on their own. These contractors can be less expensive because there’s no middle man to go through, and it’s more likely you’ll have consistent, direct communication with them.
Hire Different Contractors for Different Jobs
Look into specialized contractors based on the type of renovations you’re considering. While there are many general contractors out there, some actually specialize in things like kitchens or bathrooms. Some contractors focus on using eco-friendly materials, while others want to use state-of-the-art, modern designs and building methods. You’ll also want to make sure you choose someone who is comfortable working around things like asbestos or other potentially-hazardous materials, especially if you have an older home. Contractors who do “fixer upper”-style homes are usually more used to those conditions.
While looking at reviews and listening to people’s opinions is important (as stated above), pay attention to what the reviews are actually about. If someone leaves a glowing review about a contractor who created a beautiful tile backsplash in their kitchen, that doesn’t automatically mean they’re the best person to install cabinetry or redo your floors.
It’s about more than just who is coming into your home and who you can trust. It’s about knowing where they succeed the most, and how that can benefit your remodeling plans.
Take Payment Options Into Consideration
Again, the cost of your contractor shouldn’t be the only thing you think about, but it does need to be addressed. You’ll need to know upfront not only how much the project is going to cost, but how your contractor expects to be paid. There are some red flags you can look out for that might make you turn away from one contractor to another.
First, it’s important to understand that not all home renovations are necessarily planned. Some contractors will work for you on an emergency basis, if your home experienced damage from a flood, fire, or other natural disasters. Unfortunately, some contractors will raise their prices on these projects. Working with a contractor who will also work with your insurance company can be a big help to your pocketbook.
You should also avoid spending more than 10% of the entire job before the contractor starts working. Your contract with them needs to include some kind of payment schedule, or you’ll risk the contractor using your money for someone else’s project. Additionally, don’t make your final payment until the job is completely done and you’re satisfied with the work.
Hiring a contractor to come into your home and work on a remodeling project is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming one. There are great contractors all over the country. Some work for big businesses and others work for themselves. If you take the time to do your research, work with a budget, and communicate regularly with the contractor you choose, your home renovation project will be a breeze, and you’ll end up with something beautiful in the end.
SmartReno can help you find the right contractor for your Interior renovation project