When you are ready to embark upon a renovation project for your home, you may think that this is something you can do yourself. And if you have successfully done some other home remodeling projects on your own, you may be convinced that it is not necessary to hire a contractor. However, it is important to consider whether this new project is something you want to tackle on your own or if you’d be better off hiring a contractor.
What does a contractor do?
A contractor will oversee every facet of your home improvement project. They hire and supervise other professionals whose talents and expertise are needed, such as electricians, plumbers, tile installers, and painters.
They have the required licenses and carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance should any injuries take place at the site. In many cases, such as when new windows or a new roof are installed, warranties will be void if the person doing the installation is not a certified professional. Also, should something go wrong, they will be responsible for the costs to fix it.
Tips on Hiring a Contractor
Now that you are convinced that a contractor is the way to go, Admer Construction Group recommends that you take the time to find the best one for the job you want to be done. Here are some ideas on how to go about it:
Be Clear on What You Want
If you want to add a bathroom, remodel your kitchen, or finish the basement, have a list of what that will involve, such as new plumbing, drywall, new cabinets, electrical, tiling, or paint. When you interview a potential contractor, you will get a better idea of what they can do if you can clearly explain what you want.
Get A Few Names
Talk to family members, friends, or neighbors who have had work done, and get recommendations. You should also read their reviews online or search for their information on the Better Business Bureau website. Have a talk with them, find out if they have done work that you could go and see, and ask how much they would charge. You might not get a precise quote, but you will get an idea as to whether this is someone you would feel comfortable working with or not.
Check Their Licenses
Working with a contractor that is licensed and insured is a must. Ask to see their licenses and look for expiration dates that are longer than what your project would take. Find out if the subcontractors they work with are also licensed and insured.
Talk About a Timeline
If you are planning on taking your family on vacation while the kitchen gets upgraded, ask about a timeline and see whether their expectations and yours as to the length of the project match.
Ask to Go to A Worksite
The project you are interested in will take place in the place where you live. You want to work with someone that can respect that. Going to a job they have in progress will give you a clear message as to how they work and what steps they take to protect the home.
It may take some time to find a contractor, but by taking these steps you will know you have found the right one.