Hiring a remodeler or contractor soon? Make sure to keep these three factors in mind!

Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision. There are lots of factors to think about when making such a large investment, but one of the most important is choosing the right professional for your project. It can seem like a daunting task to track down the right remodeler, but starting with these three tips can make the process a little easier.  

3 Factors to Consider When Hiring a Remodeler

June 21, 2016

Hiring a remodeler or contractor soon? Make sure to keep these three factors in mind!

Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision. There are lots of factors to think about when making such a large investment, but one of the most important is choosing the right professional for your project. It can seem like a daunting task to track down the right remodeler, but starting with these three tips can make the process a little easier.

Check References

Start out by asking friends and family in your area if they have a preferred remodeler or contractor they have used before. Have a favorite plumber or painter?  Ask them who they’d hire to do a similar remodel on their own home—they get to see various contractors’ work up close on a regular basis and can often tell you who does great work at a fair price. If you don’t have any references from people you know, search the web for local businesses, and read their online reviews. Once you have a list of a few picks, ask them for their own references and go into thorough detail with them about their experience. Also ask for a website or link to see pictures of their past work. Look for a remodeler who has experience with similar projects, including the look and style you’re going for.

Ask questions about:
❍ quality  
❍ price  
❍ overall experience  
❍ contract details  
❍ timeline of project  
❍ likes and dislikes 
❍ current schedule    
❍ similar projects they’ve completed

Ask to See a Contract

When meeting with potential builders or remodelers, ask to see a sample contract and read through it carefully. You may even want to consult with a lawyer if you feel lost or overwhelmed by the technical contract terms. Familiarizing yourself with their contract will help you negotiate when it comes time to creating your actual contract and will make you feel more informed and in control of the project. Also inquire about how they handle situations not included in the contract, such as add-ons or an extension of the job schedule. If you add a project, make sure to get an addendum to your contract and get everything in writing. Learn more about what you should look for in a contract with this article by Angie’s List.

Look for Certifications, Licensing, and Insurance

This tip may be the most important. Protect yourself, your home, and your money by confirming that the companies you are interested in have all of the appropriate licensing, insurance, and certifications. In Alabama, businesses that perform any projects of $10,000 or more must be licensed. In Tennessee, the amount necessary for licensing depends on the job type. You can check here to see if a company is licensed in Alabama or here for Tennessee. You can also call your local permit office to receive a list of licensed contractors in your county.

Ask for their proof of insurance and any certifications they have, such as Certified Graduate Remodeler. You can ask them to produce an insurance policy number and the name of their insurance company; then call to confirm they are covered. If you can’t find proof of licensing and/or insurance, cross the business off of your list; you don’t want to risk the repercussions if something goes wrong and the company is not covered.

Remodeling your home can be a giant undertaking, but by starting your hunt for the perfect remodeler with these three tips, you’ll hopefully find the right company for you. Take your time when searching, and make sure you get all of your questions answered. Want more remodeling tips and tricks? Cruise through this article for pointers and tips from start to finish.

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