Caution and skill are at the center of good remodeling work. Y have to be satisfied with the standard of materials and credibility of the work that a contractor does. Price is a key factor to consider, but it is not the only key thing. Follow these tips to get value for your money.
Build a list from referrals
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Friends and family can give you names of remodeling experts whose work they liked. Talk to a building inspector about contractors with a reputation. He knows professional remodeling contractors that satisfy the building code requirements. Better still, talk to your local lumberyard because he regularly interacts with contractors and knows who buys quality materials and honors payments on time. You can then check for a list of certified local members from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Hold telephone interviews
When you already have a prospective list, give each one of them a call. Find out if they can handle the magnitude of your project, their access to bank and supplier financial references, customer’s list, ongoing projects, and scope and duration with subcontractors. These questions will help you predict the availability, credibility, attention they can give to your project and expected efficiency of workflow.
Scrutinize the outcome of interviews
From the phone interviews, select four or five contractors for a face to face meeting. Personality is important, but it is not the only determinant. Find out about their work history.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. Visit one of the sites for a current project and see how they go about their work. Check if they are neat and have put safety measures in place. Observe the work ethics of the staff when it comes to courtesy to people and care for the property.
Get a quotation
You now have a contractor whose work ethics and efficiency are to your satisfaction. Engage the contractor on the blueprint that they have for the project. Most importantly, give him your expectations of the project and projected budget. Compare bids between two or three contractors with a detailed breakdown of materials, labor, operating expenses and profit margins. Normally materials should constitute 40 percent of total construction costs. 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. And please, do everything in writing.