Choosing the right contractor for a home remodeling job is extremely important, whether you are planning to put up your house for sale or you just wish to customize it even more. When you hire someone with a so-so background, you run the risk of receiving terrible renovation jobs, and then you’ll have to spend more to hire the guy you should’ve gotten right from the start to repair the bad work. If you are in the market for a home remodeling contractor, be sure to hire one based on these tips.
Price should not be your only basis. Don’t hire someone who is fine working for peanuts, especially if you know that the rate they’re offering seems realistic for the work that your house needs. People who agree to a low price for a big remodeling project probably have no qualms about cutting corners. Normally, a contractor will ask for a down payment equivalent of a third of the total price; if they ask for more than that, they might be in terrible shape financially because no one’s hiring them.
Don’t ignore how he looks. Anyone who is attending a job interview makes it a point to dress well, so a contractor should also present himself well when he meets you. This doesn’t mean that they need to wear a coat and tie, but they should at least make an effort to look put-together. The manner by which a person presents himself could be indicative of how well he accomplishes a task, so if the contractor you are meeting with looks weathered and beaten, it’s OK if you want to give more thought to hiring him.
Do not equate tenure with high quality. If a company’s only merit is that that they have been doing home remodeling for years, be wary. The length of time they have been in this line of work does not reflect how well they do a job; they could very well have been doing a poor job the entire time. Try to do some research on the company to determine their qualifications.
Can he tell you when he can probably finish the job? One indication of a good contractor is that he is able to provide you with a plan that shows when he might be able to complete a task. Try to find out elsewhere the length of time it would really take to finish the job your house needs. A manipulative contractor who knows that you are not that familiar with the project might try to prolong the job just so he can charge you more.
Communication should be constant between the two of you. A home renovation takes a while, and also adds up to a lot of money. This means that if you want to make the most out of it, you need a contractor whom you can easily communicate with, who will share his helpful opinion about the projects and who can be reached anytime during the project. If right from the start you are having a lot of misunderstandings, they might lead to mistakes that will take more time and money to repair.
To be on the safe side, you can ask people you know to recommend a contractor that they have used before. Avoid taking chances on a contractor whose rates seem too good to be true; it would be better to go for someone who costs more, but will do the job well from beginning to end.