When choosing a home remodeler there are a few simple steps that can make all the difference when it comes to completing this process. Maybe you are ready to put in a new bathtub, or maybe you are ready to go all out and give your entire home a new makeover. If you don’t want to complete the work on your own, or you just don’t have the time or skills to do it, hiring a contractor is the best route to go.
The first step to finding a good home remodeler is to create a list of 10-15 local contractors in your area who are experienced. You can then narrow down your list gradually to the top home remodelers. You can then use that final list to select the contractor of your choice. It is best to include more names than you will need to help you come to a decision.
You can create this list by doing several things:
- Ask your family and friends who are homeowners for recommendations if they have recently had renovations completed.
- Do research online for the type of service you are looking for in your area.
- Check out reviews online.
- Take advantage of social media to ask your followers or friends for recommendations in your area.
Keep in mind that contractors who are successful and well-known will make it simple for you to communicate with them and see samples of their work. Look out for contractors who do not have basic information listed or even a website for you to check out with reviews, etc.
Make sure that you select a home remodeler who specializes in the type of work you need to complete. For example, if you are looking to have your kitchen remodeled, a contractor who specializes in bathroom renovations may not be ideal for you. A contractor that has a good eye can also be helpful for particular projects. For example, if you are looking to have tile put down in your entryway with a detailed paint room, you want to find a contractor who does that type of work also.
Ask the contractors on your list for a portfolio of their completed projects from within the last year. They may have a website they can direct you to or a physical portfolio for you to view in person. An excellent portfolio should consist of at least ten different projects including before and after photos.
Ask for Licensing/Certification
If you have made it to this step, you should have a list of at least six to eight different contractors. An easy way to narrow it down, even more, is to ask for licensing and certification from each contractor. The type of certifications the contractor has depends on the type of project. Since every state has different legal requirements, you can contact the licensing division for your area to ask for certain requirements.
Additionally, you want to make sure that the contractors you have on your list have the correct certificate and licenses to complete the project legally and safely. Be sure that the contractors also have liability insurance.
Following this step you want to make sure to do the following:
- Check references
- Review a sample of the finished project
- Get bids for the job and hire the contractor of your choosing
At the end of the day, it is up to you to do your own research to find an ethical and skilled contractor for your home renovation project. Research every contractor thoroughly and take your time to come up with the right decision.