There are a lot of homes out there, and a lot of home renovation projects are happening any given day of the year. This means there are a lot of home renovation companies. Some are honest, but not as highly skilled. Some are highly skilled and dishonest. Others are honest, highly skilled contractors who bid competitively and have strong reviews from past clients. This is the kind of contractor you want if you’re a homeowner investing thousands of dollars in a renovation project.
But how do you make sure you get a contractor like this? Here are five questions to ask your project bidders when you contact them for an estimate.
Will the workers at my home be skilled and experienced?
Discerning homeowners want to know—and for good reason—who will actually be showing up to work on their homes. How large will the crew be, and are they all experienced and professional? Some people also ask if background checks are performed before workers are hired. The point is that you should feel comfortable with—and confident in—the people working in your home. A good home renovator will be able to answer such questions with confidence.
How long have you been in business?
This is a very important piece of information. More years in business means a longer track record. It means valuable opinions from people who have hired this company in the past.
Is that a rough estimate or a fixed bid?
A reputable home renovation contractor will not deceive on this point. The fee structures for home renovation will be clear and itemized, and the contractor will be honest about any unknown variables. Many contractors will commit to a fixed bid, but in this case it’s important to know you’re guaranteed the same materials and workmanship if something doesn’t go right.
Is there any guarantee built into the contract?
A verbal guarantee from a home renovator is a fine thing to have, but that guarantee must be backed in writing in order to be legally binding. When this much money is being invested, homeowners deserve protection against defective materials and/or workmanship.
Can you tell me about the suppliers you work with?
Home renovators work with suppliers to complete their work. This is a great reference source for clients, yet relatively few people actually ask. If you really want to make certain your dollars will be wisely invested with a given contractor, calling or visiting their suppliers to ask what you can expect isn’t the worst idea.
Ask the right questions, get the right answers
You need a home renovation company that ticks all the necessary boxes—honesty, skill, training, experience, and a reputation of satisfied clients. But when you start researching companies to contact, you realize it can be a jungle out there. By preparing yourself in advance with the questions you really need answered, you’ll be able to relax and take confidence once the project gets underway.
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