The expression “You get what you pay for” is extremely relevant when planning to undertake a home remodeling project, especially when the project involves hiring a contractor. Hiring a contractor on price alone increases the risk of the project failing and can lead to headaches and more money out-of-pocket in the future.
If you follow the tips listed below, plan your renovation properly and hire a knowledgeable, experienced contractor who you are able to communicate well with, your home renovation project will actually be fun!
1. Feel comfortable communicating with your contractor
One of the most important aspects of a successful home renovation is the relationship between the contractor and the client. The right contractor for you will be easy to talk with. They will understand what your goals are and the best way to accomplish them. They will always make themselves available to answer your questions or concerns.
2. Request references – satisfied customers are more than happy to spread the word
Every good contractor has a list of happy, satisfied clients whose positive experience(s) will make them more than willing to allow you into their home to show it off. Always ask for references and take the time to go and see the work.
3. Take online reviews with a grain of salt
There are many review sites online; however I don’t know of one that actually qualifies the people leaving reviews. This means that anyone can artificially inflate their positive reviews or be susceptible to slander campaigns from competitors. I’m sure that these reviews sites pose some value, but there is no substitute for actually witnessing a contractor’s work first hand.
4. Know your budget
Do your research on what you are hoping to renovate and what you are hoping to spend doing it. If you are upfront with your budget it will give the contractor a much better idea about how to approach breaking down your job.
5. Price reflects quality – to an extent
Ask your contractor for their advice on the best way to approach the project. In the long run, is it worth cutting corners for a temporary fix? The lowest bid is not always the best. A low bid may indicate that a contractor uses sub-par materials, is desperate for work, or they don’t actually intend to finish the work. A high bid is usually indicative of a larger company with huge overhead. They have to charge you more for the same quality of job. The more accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.