Choosing a Contractor for Your Home Remodeling
By: Harley Burke
Most of us have either had a bad experience with a contractor
or know someone who has.
Virtually anyone can pass themselves off as a contractor, so it
s up to you to make sure that the person or company you hire for
your next home remodeling project is knowledgeable, capable and
most of all, ethical.
Here are a few tips for making sure that you choose a quality
contractor that will meet the needs of your next home remodeling
Tips In Choosing Your Contractor
- Be wary of unusually low bids. A common practice of unscrupulous
contractors is to first get your business by throwing out an extremely
low bid on the project and then try to make a contract that is
as vague as possible, leaving room for them to cut corners, take
longer than expected, or both.
- Check the materials to be used. Sometimes lower quality materials
are substituted or some materials are simply not specified in
the bid. Get knowledgeable about exactly what types of materials
you want used in your project and make sure those are the materials
that are quoted in writing.
- Check the timeframe of the bid. The time it takes for the project
to be completed is always important. You ll quickly get tired
of strangers walking through your house and construction sounds
echoing throughout the hallways. Some contractors will be vague
about how long it will take them to finish, but you shouldn t
tolerate it. A quality contractor is experienced enough to know
how long it will take and will have the manpower available to
make it happen. You ll find that paying a little more for an earlier
completion date is usually worth the money.
- Don t sign anything until the bid has everything you want. It
s important that you get all of the important elements of the
bid in writing. Some contractors may leave something out and then
quote it to you over the phone later. At that time, be sure to
ask them to send over a new bid so you have it in writing. Good
contractors fully understand the importance of getting everything
in writing so there is no misunderstanding on either side and
they won t have a problem sending you a revised bid.
- Save all documents and communication about the project. Now
that you ve ensured that everything is in writing, be sure to
save all documents related to the project in a single place for
easy retrieval. This way if you see something being done differently
than you remember agreeing to, you can quickly retrieve the signed
documents to determine if and where a mistake was made. Most contractors
are ethical and really do work hard to make their customers happy.
By following the steps listed above, your attention to detail will
scare away any immoral contractors and the contractor you do choose
will be happy that you are both in agreement about exactly what
will be done.
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