When you’re planning a home remodeling job, there are a million things to consider. Well, maybe not a million — but the number seems countless. This is especially true if you’re undertaking major renovations to multiple areas of your home. If it’s just a single project, like turning a crawlspace into a bedroom, the planning phase should be fairly straightforward. But the larger and more complicated your renovation plans become, the longer your list of things to think about and consider.
The point is not to make you think that home renovation or remodeling is going to be a daunting task that takes huge amounts of energy and causes a lot of stress. But it’s also important to be realistic about your plans and take every possible measure to make sure things come off as planned. And in order to do this, you need a reputable and skilled home remodeling company on your side. This is the most important ingredient that goes into a successful renovation project.
Let’s say you’re undertaking a major home renovation, and you’re trying to decide which contractor to hire in your area. What is the most important quality you should look for when making your choice?
People might answer this question in different ways— but the most obvious answer is reputation. A contractor can say whatever it wants about the quality of work it does, or how many years it has been in business, or how your results are the most important thing. But when it comes down to brass tacks, the opinions of past customers are far more powerful in telling the story of how this contractor actually works.
It’s important to note that even with the most reputable contractors, a negative review or complaint may pop up here and there. Just like the highest rated products on Amazon, there are always people who give it a one star review for one reason or another. What you want to look for are patterns. Do the vast majority of past clients agree that the contractor was an excellent communicator, a consummate professional, and a skilled remodeler who exceeded expectations in every way? Do most people feel that they were give a fair (hopefully a great) deal? Or do you see a pattern of complaints about various aspects of service, building materials, scheduling problems, or final results that didn’t measure up to expectations? Finding the answers to these questions is important.
Who is the best remodeler in your area?
If you want to locate the “best” contractor in your area, the process should be surprisingly straightforward — though it may take a little digging. If you pay special attention to the reputation each contractor has created for itself in the community, paying particular mind to the reviews and testimonials of past clients, you should have a very strong idea of where the smart money is. And when you add in things like strong communication, a high level of professionalism, and competitive bidding, you know you have a winner in your corner.