They are your partner, and working together will relieve stress, help you stay organized, save time and money, and create the home of your dreams. But you can’t just pick one from the phone book or off of the internet. You need to give it a thought. There is much more that goes into hiring a contractor than meets the eye. How do you get it right? By being prepared as well as understanding that remodeling is a team effort between both parties. One where clear communication is pivotal, like the Beaver Building & Remodeling.
When you’re not sure what direction you want to take, refer to the ‘before and after pictures of other home renovations – including yours.
In this article, we’ll discuss 10 things your remodeling contractor wants you to know about how they work and what it takes for them to do their job well.
1. Hours of operation
Most remodeling contractors are open from eight in the morning until five in the evening, Monday through Friday. While Saturdays and Sundays may be available for service providers to work on your project, it is important to understand that no one will perform any services before or after these operational hours simply due to time restraints. Be sure you communicate your availability to help you find a mutually agreeable time.
It’s important for you to know how the price of service will be determined and what payment methods are available. Some contractors may require a down payment before they can start work on an estimation of the total cost, while others may ask for full payment upfront; still, others may ask for a balance due upon completion of the project.
3. Start date
This is an important point to consider when deciding on your remodeling contractor as work can only be completed during specific hours and days, so it’s critical that you’re able to provide enough time for materials acquisition or scheduling renovations with other contractors if necessary.
4. Design Process
Design process is essential to the success of your project, and it can be time consuming. As a result, some contractors may charge hourly fees for this service; others may offer free consultations in order to produce their own designs, while other remodelers will work with you collaboratively so that you’re able to participate in the design process.
It’s important to know what you can afford before beginning any project, and that includes understanding the budget for materials as well as the hourly or fixed cost of labor. A contractor will never charge more than your approved scope of work unless there is an unexpected expense, such as a change in regulations at city hall which increases costs.
Materials are important to consider before you begin the design process. Your contractor will be able to provide a list of possible materials in order for you and your family members to make an informed decision as well as look at samples.
7. You are Free to Shop Around with other Contractors for a Better Price, but you won’t get Lower Prices by Shopping A
If you want it done faster or cheaper, you’ll have to change something about the job (which always comes with a premium), and assuming you don’t find someone who can give you a deal based on inferior materials/labor/skills, your project will most likely take longer to complete, and cost you more.
8. Your Remodeling Contractor is Working for you, not the Other Way A
What does that mean? Simply put, it means that your remodeler’s job is to deliver a finished product to you that lives up to YOUR vision of the project – and NOT his idea of what YOUR home should look like. He’s an expert in construction/improvement while you’re an expert on enjoying your home; let him do his job and make sure he does it right!
9. The Estimate is only an E
He will give you an estimate based on what YOU tell him about your project, but once you sign a contract (and pay a deposit), there can be no changes or additions made without additional charges.
The initial estimate is usually just an educated guess; based upon his experience with other projects and available resources, he will provide his best guess as to what your project will cost.
Depending on the work required, there may be extra materials or labor costs that weren’t estimated at the outset of the job – and those items must be paid in addition to the original contract price.
10. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Q
Ask away! Your remodeler wants you to feel comfortable with the project and confident that it will be completed according to YOUR needs/wants – not his!
The bottom line is that with a little legwork (website research, asking questions of past clients), you can discover everything without being lied to or swindled out of money for materials, labor, and time that was not budgeted for. Invest a little time upfront and prevent an unpleasant surprise later.