Remodeling your home is a big event to say the least. It can change the layout, look, and structure of your entire property. Remodeling is also an expensive endeavor. You certainly want to make sure that the home remodeling contractor that you choose will do a great job at the best price possible. In essence, you need to think of the hiring process as if you’re hiring an employee to work for you. So, prior to hiring a home remodeling contractor you need to find out if the team will work effectively with you, understand exactly what you’re looking for, and ensure that your project will be completed as you like.
There are a number of factors to consider. To help narrow things down, the following information will provide you with exactly what to know when picking the perfect home remodeling contractor. First and foremost, you should only hire a home remodeling contractor that has years of experience in the industry. Although longevity isn’t a guarantee of quality work, it certainly is a great indicator. In essence, home remodeling contractors who fail to do good work don’t typically stay in business for very long. You also need to make sure that the contractor has previously done the type of renovations that you’re planning to have completed.
For example, if you’re adding a second story to your home you don’t want to hire a company that has never done a second story addition project even if they’ve been in business for 25 years. As part of the interview process, you should always ask the remodeling contractors to see some results of their work. Completed projects in a portfolio of work showcase the home remodeling contractors skills. The pictures should show close ups as well as wide views of the completed work. If anything looks the least bit off, move on to another contractor ASAP. Next on the list is the cost factor.
Although many homeowners choose the contractor based on the lowest price, it certainly doesn’t mean they’re going to do the best job. You’re already spending a lot of money on the project. You may as well ensure that you’re getting the best quality work for your money. Some contractors will cut corners in order to be able to give the lowest bid. For example, they may use inferior or lower quality appliances, materials, and products. That means you need to be able to compare apples to apples.
In order to truly compare how good the quality of work is between various contractors, it’s important to research them on the Internet and locally as well. You can accomplish that by checking their web based and social media presence. For example, does it look as if the contractor knows what they are doing? Are they publishing relevant content on a regular basis? Typically speaking, contractors that produce informative content are experts in their field. Once you conduct your research and feel comfortable with a contractor, it’s time to reach out to them and take the next step.
The contractor should be able to provide you with any information that you need, including pricing guidelines, over the phone. Once all parties are on the same page, it’s time to schedule the on site consultation. At that point, both trust and honesty have been established, so you should be more than comfortable writing the initial deposit check.
Homeowners often overlook the warning signs. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re imagining things, but there are subtle signs that can provide you with valuable decision-making help.
For more information about what to know when picking the perfect home remodeling contractor, or questions about our design and build services, or to schedule an initial consultation in Connecticut or Massachusetts please contact us today at 860-341-6373. DBC Solutions takes great pride in providing the highest quality custom carpentry and contracting services in the home improvement industry. Our business model has been the same for 17 years. Doing things the right way the first time every time is the only way to do it.