Looking for a Contractor
You should not hire the first contractor you find to remodel your home. You need to be certain that the contractor who will be overseeing a project of this magnitude has the necessary skill to handle the job without making any serious mistakes. Unfortunately, you cannot put all contractors into that category. There are good and bad remodeling contractors just like there are good and bad plumbers. It will be your job to find out which ones are skilled and which ones to stay away from. Some research will be required in order for you to make that determination. Here are some of the qualities that your remodeling contractor should possess.
1. Has the contractor worked in your town for many years?
You might be wondering why this is important. There are many people who make money traveling around the country doing unlicensed contracting work. They drive into a town and advertise their services in the local newspaper or on sites that have online classifieds. Unsuspecting people hire these unlicensed contractors to remodel their homes. After the job, the contractor gets paid and quickly leaves town. It is common for the homeowner to discover problems with the job that was done by the contractor and his crew. Unfortunately, they have already left town and there is no way to hold them legally accountable for their poor work. This is why you should hire a remodeling contractor who has an office in your town. You need a contractor who has a great reputation in your community.
2. Does the contractor have extensive knowledge of the work that you need performed?
It makes sense to hire a contractor who has been doing work on the exteriors of houses if you need to have some exterior home remodeling performed. Take a look at the backgrounds of every contractor in your area. Which ones have focused on the particular type of work that you want to have done on your home? How many years have they been doing it? You should obviously go with the person who has the most experience.
3. What will the start and completion date be?
You do not want to wait forever for your contractor to begin working on your home. Find out when the contractor will be able to begin. You should also inquire about an approximate completion date. However, this could change for a variety of reasons.