Home renovation is with no doubt a fun project to undertake as a family or group of friends. However there are some things you will realize that you still require a pro to handle. There will be more intricate details in the project that may go wrong without the insight of a professional contractor.
For this reason, as you plan to begin your renovation project, it is essential to include a budget for the contractor. Yes, most people may tell you that you can handle things on your own, but things like countertop replacement, professional tile work, cabinet installation and more will require hiring a home contractor.
And because we know that finding the right contractor may also prove to be a challenge, we have made a list to help. The following is a list of things to think about when hiring a contractor.
- Do They Have a Contracting License?
One of the most important steps is to get a contractor who is qualified to work. In every state, county and city there are laid out requirements that determine whether a contractor can get the expected certification in their field of expertise. Therefore before hiring it is wise to find out if the contractor in question has followed all the required channels to get the right license or alternative credential specific to their field of expertise.
- Is The Contractor Insured For The Job You Are Hiring Them For?
Ensure that the contractor shows you the insurance rather than just tell you about it. Look to see if the contractor has both liability insurance and workers compensation that is specific to the job they are about to perform.
- Do They Understand What You Want?
After determining that indeed the contractor is qualified, and then you can get started. Find out if they have understood what you expect from them. Communicate clearly to the contractor and ensure they can handle the project to your specifications. Which area will they be working on, if it’s focusing on small child boutiques, then be clear enough.
- Will They Help You Get The Required Permits?
Building permits depend on what kind of renovations you are doing. Therefore this should be among the first things to check for before you begin. You can get the details about permits at your relevant municipal office. The contractor may offer to get the required permits for you, just ensure that it is clear whether the fees are an added expense or it’s included in their quote.
- How Comfortable Do You Feel Around Them?
Remember that this contractor is practically going to be part of your home for some time. With this in mind, ensure that you trust them enough to have them around your family. Clear out the line of communication so that you can both be open with each other even as he maintains professionalism.
A contractor may be necessary as you renovate to take care of essential details in the project. But even so, keep in mind that a wrong contractor can mean delay in the project, legal problems and subpar work. Therefore, it is advisable to be informed of the things to think about when hiring a home contractor.