Finding a good home remodeling contractor can be very rewarding and give you a complete sense of accomplishment. Using these tips will help you find the prize-worthy contractor you need.
Ask a home remodeling contractor who has a large work-crew whether they themselves will be at the work-site daily. If the primary contractor isn’t at the work-site daily they might not be giving your project the full attention it needs.
Make it a point to ask home remodeling contractors if they will provide you with financial references too. These references should come from suppliers and banks. Positive references will avoid unnecessary problems later on as you can be reasonably sure that the contractor is timely in his payments to suppliers.
A good home remodeling contractor will never accept cash as a form of payment. Those that do may hide the money during tax time and will pull you in when implicated for tax fraud. Use a check and keep detailed records of all payments to the contractor when doing your taxes.
As far as possible, make sure to solve any issue between you and your home remodeling contractor outside the court, in a calm, civilized and professional manner. You can involve the services of an attorney in case you are not in a position to come to an agreement.
Set up a written contract and have them sign it on the first day. This will let them know from the get go that you are serious about quality. Contact the people who gave references and ask what their particular reasons were and if they would do it again.
When you think you’ve got the final candidate for the job, be sure to get a copy of the agreement before you sign it and leave the premises. If you don’t you won’t have any proof if you are ever in need of it, and this could land you in some hot water.
A home remodeling contractor has no right to demand payment from you that falls outside of the terms you both agreed on at the beginning. So long as your contract was very detailed, and you both agreed on expenditures for materials and labor, that’s all you’re going to owe your contractor. They may request additional funds from you to help the project along – but they can’t demand anything.
Take caution in hiring so you hire a home remodeling contractor and not a building engineer. Hiring a building engineer may mean that you pay for insurance and worker’s compensation, adding to your overall bill. If you do choose to hire an independent contractor, make sure the necessary coverage is in place.
Author: Bob HurleyThis author has published 8 articles so far.