Home renovations may seem daunting during the planning stages but with the right contractor & these 3 tips, you and your family can enjoy a hassle-free home renovation.
Do your research
Have you ever heard the saying, “If you’re going to do something, do it right”? That’s how you should approach deciding on a contractor. It’s important to do your research to not only determine what kind of contractor you need but also to determine which contractor would be the best fit for you and your family. You need to interview a number of renovation contractors, check their references and receive written price quotes from those you are interested in hiring. Finally, you should review each set of bid documents carefully before deciding who to hire.
Doing your research before deciding on a contractor can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Communication is key
Once you’ve decided on a contractor, it’s important to ensure that both you and your contractor are communicating as you need to work closely to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. You should always make sure to have a point of contact for all renovation matters always discuss any concerns as they arise. It’s important to sit down with your contractor and review both their responsibilities as well as yours top ensure everyone is on the same page. Good communication is often the key to a good renovation experience
Get it in writing
Arguably the best way to have a hassle-free renovation is to get everything in writing. Reliable contractors provide a properly written contract! It doesn’t matter how big or small the project. If you’re working with a qualified contractor, he/she recognizes the value of a written contract and doing the job right, the first time.
A written contract should ensure that payments are tied to reasonable milestones of completion. It should specify what fittings and fixtures will be used on the project. And it should clearly state what is warranted and for how long.
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