For most homeowners, the most difficult aspect of any home renovation project is choosing a renovation contractor. Retiling a bathroom or knocking down a wall are nothing compared to the struggle of locating and hiring a high quality contractor who will deliver high quality results from start to finish.
Here are a few tips for finding a home remodeling company while still keeping your sanity:
Know exactly what you want before you start getting estimates. Begin with a plan and a handful of ideas – not by talking to contractors. You will receive a more accurate estimate if you are very specific about what you want done and the materials you want to use.
Ask coworkers, relatives, and friends for referrals. People you know who have had similar projects completed will be your best source for referrals.
Interview a minimum of 3 contractors. Ask plenty of questions and request a detailed written bid from each one. Getting at least 3 bids will enable you to learn something from each interview. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
Ask the contractor what work will be done by his employees and what work will be meted out to subcontractors. By requesting an employee list, you will be able to ensure that the contractor has the employees he says he does and ensure that he is not hiring casual labor off of the street.
Check litigation history, complaints, and licenses. A remodeling contractor should be properly licensed, although licensing procedures will vary according to state and municipality. Ask a prospective contractor for a copy of their licenses, and don’t forget to check local court records, the Better Business Bureau, and disciplinary boards for any past problems.
If you want to do your home renovations right the first time, contact the professionals at MJR Services. Since 2002, we have satisfied each client – one project at a time, and we look forward to the chance to work with you. Contact us today for a free estimate!