We’ve all heard shrinking stories about renovations gone seriously wrong as a result of ridiculously long delays, lack of skill, screwed up work and many other horror accounts. It is for this reason that choosing the right contractor is no joke, seriously!
Choosing the right contractor for your home renovation project isn’t something you should take thoughtlessly, especially in the case of planning a basement remodel, bathroom renovation, full kitchen renovation, or even an entire home addition.
While Remodeling or building a new home can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision-making, knowing what to expect before the project kicks will help you better prepare for the process.
“When hiring a contractor the fundamentals should always include – getting multiple estimates, checking their references, never paying upfront, and always getting everything in writing”
This may really seem like a lot of work, but hard work is always rewarded. By asking prospective contractors the following questions we shall share with you in this article, you could save hundreds and thousands of dollars later on.
Harrisdesignconstruction recommends these seven specific questions as they can help you gain significant insight to how a company works to keep projects organized. Everything from framing to painting, flooring and lot more needs to be scheduled and completed in a timely manner to keep the project on.
Let’s now look at the few questions to ask a contractor before signing.
1. Do you have a license and insurance for yourself and your crew?
It is important to Make sure your contractor is licensed and ask them what associations they belong to. It confirms that a recognized governing body has approved the contractor as qualified and certified.
Of course, You don’t want whereby the contractor try to quit the job site or jolt off with your deposit money. Hence, the license gives you the benefit of being insured up to a certain amount.
In addition,you should be sure that they are insured as General liability insurance protects your home from damage or negligence of the general contractor, his employees, and any sub-contractors brought onto your property.
2. How long will the project take?
Asking so is crucial, otherwise the entirety of your project will be delayed. If you won’t be present on the work site every day, you’ll need to make sure you keep in touch with the contractor rather frequently to get updates on the work being done.
For projects with various stages, it is important to establish a detailed work schedule. If you’re unsure if the time frame is reasonable, ask about similar projects they’ve done and the time those projects took.
when will the framing be done? when will the drywall begin? , HVAC? , electrical? … All of these components of the project should be written out clearly for you to be able to get an idea of how long the project will take.
3. Can I read some of your public reviews?
Some contractors will be very honest and tell you that they either do quality work but they’re not the cheapest, or do all the work themselves so they don’t deliver fast. But it’s actually your duty up to draw answers from them – by reading online customer reviews through websites like yelp or Google.
Reading reviews is very crucial. Don’t just Check for bad reviews, but also good ones. It is OK for a company to have a few bad reviews, but this is an ideal time to check in on their customer service. How do they handle the bad reviews they get online? What are most people saying about their brand?
4. How will you finish the job?
Be sure if they will protect your home from dust and damage. Sometimes contractors who are running behind on a project will do 90% of the work well, and then disappear to start working on another site before your job is completed. And that is very bad.
Speaking with the company about how they handle these things is important before any job begins.
5. Who will I contact constantly?
The best thing is to have a single point of contact to avoid any sort of miscommunications that could lead to big time mistakes. Will you have to call the office every time there is an issue? Or Will you have your project managers cell phone number?
Will the person you sign the contract with be your main contact throughout the job? If not, who will?
At Harrisdesigntech, we discuss things like this with our client before starting a project so as to definitely leave them rest assured throughout the entire project.
6. Are there going to be sub-contractors?
It is very important to be aware of who is going to be in your home every day of the job. Ask your contractor who will be in charge of opening your home and locking up, and who to call with any questions.
As an organized company, we have our processes in place and provide you some sort of calendar of who to expect in your home each day during the project.
7. Can I know about your payment schedule?
As a homeowner, Never ever trust a contractor that says you should pay for the entire project upfront.
“Until the job is completed, never make the complete payment”
HarrisDesignConstruction strictly recommend that you arrange a gradual payment and then pay for how much work is completed even as the project progresses.
Having known the few specific questions to ask before signing a contractor, you are now ready to take the next step and get the best of your home improvement project! Contact us today.