Are you planning a bathroom remodeling project? If so, you’re about to make one of the best investments when it comes to your home’s comfort and value. There are lots of things to consider though before hiring a contractor. You don’t want to choose just anyone or you could end up with more costs in the end. You have to spend time just looking for the right person or company for the job, and mind you, there are no shortcuts.
Among the best way to find a qualified bathroom remodeling contractor is to ask for referrals from relatives and friends. Surely, some of them have used the services of one before. Let them tell you about their experiences and whether they would hire the same contractor for a future project. You can also use online referral services and check out online ratings and reviews (avoid marketing websites and stick to popular consumer websites for credibility).
Licensing and Trade Affiliations
Once you have a list of potential hires, investigate. Check their websites and make sure they are licensed (state and local) and insured. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof – a reputable contractor will understand that this is no more than due diligence by a consumer. See if they are a member of relevant professional organizations such as the the National Association Of The Remodeling industry (NARI). Licensing, insurance or trade affiliations do not guarantee a good job, but they do show that the contractor’s level of commitment to their trade.
How many prospects should you consider? Three is a good number as it could give you enough room to make comparisons, but more than three could be too confusing. Call each contractor and set up meetings with them. During your appointment, try to find out as much as you can about them. How long have they been in business? Are they licensed and insured (again, don’t hesitate to ask for proof) and ask about their more recent projects.
Also make sure to ask for client references and do check on these. Ask about issues like whether the contractor finished the project within the set deadline and budget. You also have to look into more personal issues, like how approachable the contractor was when they needed to raise concerns or if they were sincere and truly helpful. Also ask how the contractor managed issues and whether the crew was respectful. These issues are non-technical, but they can affect the total outcome of your project just the same. If the contractor won’t give references for any reasons, run. They’re probably hiding something that you don’t have to waste time knowing.
When you think you’ve found the right contractor for the job, take time to review the documents they’ve submitted. Are they fair and professional? The legal documents must definitely include the price bid and payment schedule, the work in details, the materials to be used, and a project timeline. Finally, make sure there’s a clause about change orders and dispute resolution. Sometimes, this is where major conflicts arises, and unless you are protected with this clause from the start, it would be too late to back out.