Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:56
Many homeowners are making the decision to renovate
rather than move. Unless the renovations are minor or you have the know-how and
time to tackle the project, most owners will need a contractor. There are a lot
of stories about contractors who didn’t do the job right; there’s even a home
show about fixing the mistakes of renovations gone bad. So, how do you go about
selecting a contractor?
- Ask your neighbors and friends for referrals.
- Check out credentials with the Better Business
Bureau and online review sites like Angie's List.
- Do an online search on the company and the
- You’ll want to get at least three bids.
- Always get the estimates in writing with
everything spelled out - materials used, payment schedules, project scope, start
date, completion date, etc.
- Never pay more than 20 - 30% upfront and final
payment not until all the work is done.
- Ask to see past work to make sure it reflects
your standards and style.
- Ask how many projects they are currently working
on to make sure yours will be a priority.
- It may come down to chemistry, if you don’t see
eye to eye, it’s best to walk away.
- If you still are not comfortable, ask for references.
- Visit current work sites and see if the habits
there are what you want in your home.
- Get all licenses and insurance information
(check for expiration dates, should have workers comp, property damage and
personal liability insurance).
- Also get all the info for any subs they will use.