How to Choose Renovation Contractors
Do you really know how to choose your renovation contractors? Apparently many do not. In the end, thousands of people from all over the world lose their savings and income to services they don't get to enjoy for a long time. To make matters worse, they are apparently dealing with fly-by-night remodelers who are more than happy to run away with their clients' money as soon as the opportunity arises.
How can you GUARANTEE that you are talking to the real deal?
1. Begin with the end in mind.
Why do you want the home remodelled in the first place? Well, there are plenty of reasons. One, you want to increase the value of your home. Perhaps in your neighbourhood the most in demand are those with sunrooms and patios. By remodelling, you can add a deck or well-covered front or backyard.
Second, your family is getting larger. You need an extra room for your growing kids or a nursery for the brand-new baby.
Third, your home feels old now. It doesn't matter if it looks glorious outside. If the floors are warping, the paint walls are peeling, and the roof is leaking.
Your objective must be specific and clear from the very beginning. The last thing you want to happen is to work with renovation contractors who don't share or believe your vision.
2. Take your time.
Learn to window-shop. With so many renovation contractors to choose from, it's foolish to settle for the first one you see in the Yellow Pages or online. In fact, by simply comparing services, you can save as much as 30 percent.
Do take time as well. You're lucky if you can find the team you're looking for in a day. Nevertheless, mind you, you'd rather take the long and time-consuming route than pick a mediocre company who wastes a lot of your time and money in the end.
3. Go beyond the Better Business Bureau.
Normally when you want to know if the renovation contractors have good track record, you go on to the Better Business Bureau. Truly brilliant idea. But here's the thing: not all customers file a complaint in the BBB. Some would rather look for another and fix the problem immediately than drag the problem for months or even years.
Thus, you need to be more proactive by first checking on their portfolio. Never deal with anyone without it. It would be great if their photos are from their past and recent projects, but if you want to give new companies a chance, then renders can be excellent addition to their portfolio.
Use the power of the Web and customer reviews and ask for more information from friends and family who have worked with remodelers themselves.
4. Set up a meeting.
Thanks to the Internet, all types of business deals are smooth and easy. But that doesn't mean everything should be accomplished through e-mails and social media. You need to set up a meeting and talk to your contractors face to face. This is how you can get to know them more. Besides, face-to-face meetings speed up the entire process more effectively as you don't have to wait for replies that may come only in the following day.
If there's one thing you have to keep in mind during your meetings, it's this: trust your instinct. It's never wrong. If something doesn't seem right or you don't feel comfortable talking or even potentially working with them, then look for another one as soon as possible.
5. Work on your budget.
Who says remodelling is cheap? You can go the DIY route if you want to have more control on the costs, but that doesn't even guarantee that you can actually save, especially if you have no knowledge about fixing significant parts of your house.
Hence, if you're considering a remodel, then you need to have a budget, and the renovation contractors should respect how much you can afford. Of course, not all of them would immediately agree to your price, particularly if it's extremely low, but the best people always know how to come up with great compromises, so it's a win-win situation for both parties.
6. Know what they're capable of giving.
Your renovation contractors are not superheroes. Many of them specialize in certain services, which you need to know before you close a deal with them.
But aside from their range of services, the remodelers should be able to present proof of the legitimacy of their business such as a permit. Their professionals should have an active license. They don't need to be a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), but you may prioritize those that are. After all, only the best in the industry can be part of the prestigious organization.
Always ask for proof of insurance as well. Professional renovation contractors should have general liability and workers compensation insurance.
7. Find a team that is easy to deal with.
Expertise and knowledge are apparently not enough these days. You should find remodelers who have superior customer service. When you need help, they can easily be reached through their different contact details. It doesn't take them more than 48 hours to get back to you. The most ideal renovation contractors always have an on-site supervisor to whom you can address all your concerns and questions without delay.
8. Determine how long they've been in the business.
Does their years of experience matter? It's not mandatory to work with someone who's been around for about 3 to 5 years, but it will do you a huge favour if you do, most especially if you don't have any experience with remodelling.
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