Are you planning to renovate your home? Are you finding it difficult to select one of the many remodeling contractors/companies? Don’t worry; we are here to guide you through the process. We have summed up some very simple but important points that you should keep in mind when awarding your home remodeling project to a particular contractor/company.
- Make a budget and see if you really need a professional contractor:
First things first. Get to the drawing board and make a plan. Try to visualize your renovation project and determine its cost. Make a budget and contact only those contractors who can complete the project without burning a hole in your pocket. This approach will also help you to keep a check on the contractors during the project. You must also assess the costs of materials to be used on the project.
- Read reviews:
Once you have narrowed down the list of contractors in accordance with your budget, you should carefully read the reviews left by the former clients of the contractors. An honest and hardworking remodeling contractor will never shy away from making those reviews public. People are very frank while writing reviews. Reading them will give you a clear idea of what to expect from a particular contractor. Most of the people who end up with lazy remodeling contractors regret skipping this step.
- Ask for the contractor’s portfolio:
Understand that in this case you are the employer. You can ask the contractor to show you his detailed portfolio so that you can be informed about his past projects. Most of the successful remodeling contractors keep a detailed portfolio and are always willing to show it to their clients.
- Enquire about the specialty of the contractor:
Home remodeling projects are not as simple as you think. Different contractors specialize in different areas. While some contractors are known for their bathroom renovations, others are more famous for their kitchen remodeling projects. This doesn’t means that you have to hire individual contractors for different parts of your home, just think about what you want to stand out in your home and select a contractor accordingly.
- Read the agreement carefully:
Scrutinizing the agreement is of upmost importance. You must have heard about people who say that their contractor demanded more money then what they initially settled for. Well, the fault lies in the customer for not reading the agreement. Pay attention to what is written in the agreement and you will never have unpleasant surprises.
Zak Fleming is the owner of Fleming Construction which specializes in unique and professional home remodeling projects. Zak is a Master Electrician with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Fleming Construction is located in Des Moines, Iowa and are the experts when it comes to remodeling projects. From transforming kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and sunrooms, Fleming Construction is the company to call for a professional and quality remodeling job.