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Remodeling work requires tact and care. It is important that you know the quality of materials used by a contractor as well as the reliability of their work. Price is important when you are engaging a contractor, but it shouldn’t be one of your main priorities. Follow these tips to get value for your money.
Compile a list from reliable referrals
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Ask your neighbors and friends about a modelling contractor that they have dealt with. If you know a building inspector, ask him about contractors with good work. He knows professional remodeling contractors that satisfy the building code requirements. Better still, talk to your local lumberyard because he regularly interacts with contractors and knows who buys quality materials and honors payments on time. You can then check for a list of certified local members from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Interview contractors on phone
When you already have a prospective list, give each one of them a call. Ask them about the size of projects that they can handle, availability of financial references from suppliers or bank, their client list, the number of projects they are currently working on, and duration of engagement with their subcontractors. Feedback to these questions will shed light on their accessibility, trustworthiness, priority to your work, and efficiency of work flow.
From the phone interviews, select four or five contractors for a face to face meeting. As much as personality is imperative, there are other key things to look out for. Find out about their work history.Then visit the state consumer protection agency and local Better Businesses Bureau just to be sure there are no past rows with clients or subcontractors. Continue with the research and reach out to former clients and hear what they have to say about their work and finished projects. Go to one of the sites where they are currently working on a project and check how their work is going on. Check if they are neat and have put safety measures in place. Observe the work ethics of the staff when it comes to courtesy to people and care for the property.
Request for a quotation
You have identified a contractor with satisfactory work ethics and quality. Engage the contractor on the blueprint that they have for the project. What’s more important here is to let the contractor know your budget and expectations for the project. Get two or three bids from different contractors showing materials, overheads and profit margins. Typically, materials consume not less than 40 percent of the entire projects budget. The rest of the costs are for covering project expenses and a profit margin of about 15 to 20 percent.
Lastly, develop a realistic payment schedule that you and the contractor agree on. Ensure you write down the agreement.