We’ve already discussed the main points to consider when selecting a home remodeling contractor, but here are six additional things to keep in mind as you search for the perfect remodeler for your home renovation, room addition, kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel:
Get at least three estimates.
As you begin your search for a remodeling contractor, be certain that you get at least three estimates for the work you will have done on your home. This “price triangulation” approach will allow you to get a better understanding of the scope of work.
Work with locally-based firms.
It is important that you have easy access to your contractor, and locally-owned and operated firms are, by their very nature, more readily available to address your concerns.
Get it in writing.
The project description (AKA the scope of work) along with the blueprints, specifications, engineer reports, payment draw schedule, and any specific designs should all be included as part of any contract. Make sure that the contract spells out the jobsite working hours, warranty information, and lien release information. The payment draw schedule should be based on actual work completed.
Know how you want to handle the blueprints.
Some remodeling contractors have established relationships with architects and you will need to determine if you want to hire your own architect or if you want the contractor to prepare the blueprints.
Be aware of environmental regulations.
For all work on homes built before 1978, there is a possibility of lead paint exposure and your contractor will need to be a Lead-Safe Certified Firm as directed by the EPA.
Use caution when considering the lowest bidder.
As enticing as it may seem, going with the lowest bidder could easily lead to poor quality work. Worse still, what seems like a bargain initially can cost you even more time and money if and when secondary repairs are required.
If you have any questions regarding the above information, or if you would like to discuss Watermark & Company’s Design | Renovate process, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. In the meantime, good luck on your renovation and we’ll see you on the next project.