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Calling In the Remodeling Contractors
Remodeling a home is considered by many to be a big undertaking. From the overwhelming costs to the sheer hours of intensive labor involved, remodeling can be a daunting job for a homeowner with little or no experience (outside of using a hammer and nails). However, thanks, in part, to the booming home remodeling industry, there is a plethora of remodeling contractors to choose from.
Remodeling contractors specialize in diverse fields, from electrical to plumbing and can be found by simply opening a phone book. However, finding good remodeling contractors can be hard. Here are some tips to help you find the contractors that are right for your projects:
Do Your Research
Finding a remodeling contractor is as important finding the right doctor. Therefore, it is essential that you dedicate a fair amount of time to finding a reliable contractor that suits your needs. You can start by talking to friends, neighbors and office mates who have used remodeling contractors, The goal is to find references for contractors that your associates view as reliable, hardworking and fast (remember, most contractors are paid by the hour).
Have a Contract
Unfortunately, there are remodeling contractors who have been known to take money up front, disappear and never return. This type of situation can cause a great loss to the homeowner. Therefore, it is essential that you hire remodeling contractors that are willing to sign a contract with you. If a contractor does not complete the work, or if the contractor does not complete the work according to your satisfaction, you will have recourse in the court system.
Be Clear about Your Expectations
There are a great number of practical things to consider when thinking about home remodeling. However, none is so important as communicating you vision, needs and expectations with your remodeling contractors. It is necessary to formulate a clear plan for a home renovation based on your desires and intended utility of your home. Make sure to then address all of your concerns and expectations (including financial) with your contractor prior to beginning the work. You will also want to communicate your expectations with the remodeling contractors on an on-going basis as the project is under development.
Ask for Licenses and Insurance
Be sure to make sure that the remodeling contractors you choose to work with have licenses. Licenses mean that the contractor is legitimate and that he or she has the necessary insurance in order to pay for any damages. Many homeowners insurance companies will not assume liability for work done to a home by a contractor that does not have a license or insurance. Furthermore, if you are doing a remodeling project that requires a permit, you are legally bound to work with a contractor that has a license and insurance. Knowing what you are dealing with can save you time and heart ache in the event that something should go wrong with your remodeling project.