Regarding home remodeling projects, hiring a house remodeling contractor is better than taking the DIY route. Taking on such a huge responsibility is not as easy as they show it in the movies. While taking a hammer to the wall that separates your kitchen and dining room is exciting and cathartic, you probably wouldn’t know what to do next.
This is why having someone who has experience overlooking the job is important. Not only will it be stress-free, but proper installation and renovation will increase the value of your house. In one of our previous blogs, “How to Find a Remodeler for Your Home,” we talked about three simple steps to hiring a qualified contractor.
Now, let’s take a look at the things you need to consider before making the final decision:
General Contractor Qualifications
Services provided by contractors differ based on the registration requirements and license. Check your state laws, so you don’t hire someone who works without a permit. Following are some of the skills and necessary skills a contract must have:
- Required permits
- Relevant experience
- Good reviews
- Worker’s compensation
- Personal liability insurance
- Property damage coverage
Some contractors have specialties, such as painting houses or roofing, while others offer multiple services. No matter your service type, a contract should provide the materials, equipment, and labor.
Some of the common jobs a contract handles include:
- New construction
Questions to Ask a Contractor
When you hire a contractor, you hand over your house to them. This is something that you should not take lightly. You need to find a professional who does quality work and completes the job on time. Following are a couple of questions you should ask the contractor before hiring them:
- Experience: How long have you been working on such projects?
- Portfolio: How many clients do you have?
- Legality: Do you have the necessary construction licenses and permits?
- References: Can you provide me with the number of your previous client so I can ask them about your work?
- Cost: How much will a simple kitchen renovation cost?
- Time: How much time does it usually take for you to complete a project?
- Protection: Are you insured?
When signing the contract, ensure it includes details such as completion date, fees, labor cost, guarantees, payment terms, etc. A contractor often deviates from the set strategy to complete a job faster. You might disagree with this. Such differences can cause a walk-out, so discuss beforehand how to handle this. Read the fine print carefully so you are not tricked into paying for something you are not supposed to.
Don’t forget to set boundaries so that you don’t have workers entering off-limit areas in your house. Advise them to clean up after themselves to avoid dealing with the mess.