Often times, one of the hardest parts of starting a home remodel is choosing a remodeling contractor. We all know that planning a project involves a lot of sweat from its design, the scope of your renovation, the budget, and a lot more! See this post so that you’ll be guided on how to layout your plans.
But for contractors, you need to check on what do you look for? Do you hire an architect or a design-build firm? How do you choose? Searching for the right contractor takes work. To make it easier for you, and to ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible with the fewest regrets, we’ve put together a few steps for you to consider as you begin the selection process.
Use these guidelines to ensure that you hire the right contractor for your next home remodel.
- Know What You Want
Beyond knowing what you want your kitchen or bathroom remodel to look like or where you want to add or expand living space in your home, you should also consider having an important conversation with your remodeling contractor about how you plan to live, work and play in your home (in 5 years, 10 to 15 years or even a lifetime).
Evaluate your remodeling contractor on whether or not they address these important personal questions—your lifestyle, health issues, family growth plans, hobbies, or work habits, etc. Doing so means that you’ll work with someone who will help you avoid big surprises or disappointments when the project is complete.
- Decide Which Method is Best for You
If you’re considering a major remodel, it’s important to explore the two most common delivery methods for your home remodel. Many homeowners start by hiring an architect, working with him/her to come up with a plan set, then shop around for a building contractor. With this approach, the homeowner makes decisions about almost every detail of the home remodel design and building process without any input from the contractor.
Alternatively, a more cohesive remodeling approach can save homeowners time, money and headaches. It’s called design-build remodeling. Design-build holds both design and construction under a single source of accountability. It allows the design-build firm and homeowner to develop a cohesive project plan from the very beginning. Ideas are shared freely and evaluated in relation to the homeowner’s needs, wants, timeline and budget considerations – everyone working together, from start to finish.
- Ask for Referrals
Reputable home remodeling contractors generate glowing recommendations. When you’re ready to remodel, be sure to ask your friends, family, neighbors, and other acquaintances to identify a remodeling contractor that they trust and would use again. Asking for a recommendation helps you narrow down your selection, and may also help you determine which contractors to avoid. Look for someone who has experience in your neighborhood or specific remodeling expertise.
- Do Your Due Diligence
A good word from a neighbor and impressive reviews is a great way to narrow your search, but shouldn’t stop there. Take the time to view their project portfolio online, paying close attention to the project descriptions and looking for similarities in your own remodeling project. A review of their home remodeling projects will give you a much better idea of their workmanship, design innovation, and ability to satisfy their client’s needs. Also, be sure to check references, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and visit a current job site, when possible.
- Get to Know Your Contractor
Do yourself a huge favor and take the time to get to know your contractor. After meeting with them in person, did it feel right? First impressions do matter! So, pay attention to how you felt. Evaluate their communication skills. Are they hard to get a hold of? Do they return your calls? If they are not communicating well at this early stage, you may not be able to depend on them to be responsive and communicative throughout your home renovation. Do they share your values and fit your personality? It’s important that you hire someone that you like, are comfortable with and can see yourself working with for potentially many months.
Once you’ve made your decision, also be sure the contract is detailed and that you’re comfortable with it before the project starts.