Finally the spring is here and it’s time to think about some home improvement to make your house look better. If your home improvement involves any structural modifications, you need to consult an architect. Home Improvement may seem as easy as getting started by contacting the contractors in the phone book, but it’s not.
You need to know which contractor is reputed and must give preference. To get to know a reputable home remodeling contractor, you can ask friends and neighbors, who might have recently completed a home renovation, about their experience with their contractor and issues they faced. You can get some references from the Chamber of Commerce and contact Better Business Bureau to review the references. Internet websites and contractor portals are much helpful in deciding a contractor.
Plumbing, heating and electrical contractors have good communication with general contractors in their area hence contacting them would be a good idea to find a general contractor. Similarly, architects and designers will have knowledge about general contractors in your area and hence can refer reliable general contractors.
Once you have a brief list of contractors, you must prepare the list of questions to ask. The first few and important questions must include the contractor’s license, insurance and the contractor’s ability to provide references. You can simply eliminate those contractors who do not answer one or all of the above questions.
For the shortlisted home remodeling contractors, you can arrange a meeting with the contractors, individually, at your place to review the situation and see if the contractor has done similar kind of work previously and is interested to take up this home remodeling project.
Be sure of contacting the references provided by the contractor and if possible try to visit the place personally. Collect a feedback from the homeowner of previous project and infer what they felt about the contractor and if they would hire the same contractor for another project of theirs. This feedback is really important to judge the work of the contractor.
Once you have decided your home remodeling contractor make sure to sign a contract that include the type of work that is being taken up by the contractor, Construction schedule, payment methods, materials and supply requirements for the home remodeling project. If your project includes the work of an architect or a designer, be sure to reference the plans and specifications by them in the contract.