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Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor Remodeling projects are all about care and dexterity. You need to be sure about the credibility of the contractor and quality of materials he uses. Price is important when you are engaging a contractor, but it shouldn’t be one of your main priorities. Here are tips to guide you to get the best deal. Make a list from recommendations
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Friends and family can give you names of remodeling experts whose work they liked. If you know a building inspector, ask him about contractors with good work. He knows professional remodeling contractors that satisfy the building code requirements. It will even be better if you can talk to a local lumberyard to give you names of contractors who work with quality materials and make timely payments. Go through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to get the names of certified local contractors. Interview contractors on phone When you already have a prospective list, give each one of them a call. Ask them about the size of projects that they can handle, availability of financial references from suppliers or bank, their client list, the number of projects they are currently working on, and duration of engagement with their subcontractors. Feedback to these questions will shed light on their accessibility, trustworthiness, priority to your work, and efficiency of work flow. Due diligence From the phone interviews, select four or five contractors for a face to face meeting. As much as personality is imperative, there are other key things to look out for. Research their work background.Consult the consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau in your local town to establish if there were any contractual breaches with suppliers or subcontractors. Go on with the research and check with previous clients to get their word about the contractor’s reliability and results of earlier projects. Go to one of the sites where they are currently working on a project and check how their work is going on. Pay attention to tidiness and safety of their site. Observe the work ethics of the staff when it comes to courtesy to people and care for the property. Request for a quotation You now have a contractor whose work ethics and efficiency are to your satisfaction. Acquaint yourself with details of contractor’s blueprint for the project. What’s more important here is to let the contractor know your budget and expectations for the project. Get two or three bids from different contractors showing materials, overheads and profit margins. Usually materials make 40 percent of the total project cost. The rest should take care of overheads and profit margin, which should range between 15 and 20 percent. Lastly, develop a realistic payment schedule that you and the contractor agree on. Ensure you write down the agreement.