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On Remodels: My Thoughts Explained

Looking for a Good Home Renovation Contractor

Once you’ve been ripped off, it’s typically costly and difficult – if it’s even possible at all – to get your money back. That’s why you have to do your homework before hiring a contractor to handle your home remodeling project.

Getting Estimates

Whether your project is large or small, you have to start with a minimum of three quotes. References are best – you would be talking to at least one satisfied customer. Be careful with the so-called jacks of all trades, who are basically masters of none. For a multi-faceted project, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, work with only one contractor, but every aspect of the job, like tiling, wiring or plumbing, must be tackled by a specialist.
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When asking different contractors for a quote, make sure it is detailed and submitted in written form. More importantly, you should provide the exact same specifications to ensure a reasonable, apples-to-apples comparison. If one contractor has given you a significantly higher or lower quote, ask them what particular services and/or materials they are including or not including? Finally, don’t choose based on price alone. Keep that old adage in mind: anything that seems too good to be true, probably is.
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Performing a Background Check

Once you’ve picked a company you think is the best for you, there are some more things you should do prior to signing a contract. You can begin by asking for client references and pictures of their newest projects. If possible, ask them if you could come personally to check out a project in progress. Call your area’s Better Business Bureau. Lots of people don’t realize that these offices maintain records of complaints against member and non-member contractors alike. Just a single phone call is all you need to know if a contractor has had any consumer issues within the past three years. To stay affiliated with the BBB, member companies are required to resolve any complaints to the satisfaction of the organization. In addition, ask your local municipal licensing office to know if the contractor has a valid operating licensee.

Signing the Contract

If things check out, then you can think about signing the contract. Besides the basic business details (contractor’s address, phone number and email address, business and GST numbers, etc.), the contract must provide a detailed breakdown (labor and materials) of your expenses, a project start date and end date, and a clearly written warranty clause. As you sign the document, expect the contractor to ask for a deposit of around 10 to 20% of the project’s total price. If they want you to pay higher than 20%, find yourself another prospect.

Lastly, never even consider paying the full amount on the spot. In fact, after putting the down payment, the only time you should pay off the balance is when you are happy with the final outcome of the project.