Making sure that you and your contractor are on the same page can make a huge difference
between a dream renovation and a disaster renovation.
Taking on a renovation can honestly be a pain in the butt!
I won’t sugarcoat it and tell you that it’s all unicorns and roses because it’s not, especially when you have to live amongst the work being done. Here are some tips to help alleviate some of the stress when it comes to hiring your contractor. Since we’re being honest here, I will say that if you do your research and hire the right guy for the job, the process can be a lot of fun.
Here are 5 ways to ensure that you hire the right contractor.
- Verify their credentials and ask for pictures of past projects. You can even go as far as to ask for references. It may seem a bit invasive but trust me, it’ll be worth it in the end. You want to know that they can do the work properly, to code and also in a timely manner,
- Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured, including workers comp. The last thing you want to do is hire an unlicensed contractor. Also make sure that they only deal with licensed and insured subcontractors as well. It doesn’t help if the contractor is licensed and their electrician is just a hobbyist that thinks he’s a master electrician. You don’t want to be liable for any damages.
- Get everything in writing. That includes your estimate with a break down of costs and their mark-up, any contracts and scope of work. Also make sure to actually read the contract…duh…
- Ask if you need to hire your own designer or if they provide design services as well. Some contractors have Designers on staff and others need ready made floor plans and specs to work from. If they provide design services that’s great. If not you can hire your own designer or take the DIY approach and try E-Design. That allows you to consult with a designer without the hefty price tag. IScream Decor offers E-Design Services which you can check out (shameless plug, I know) CLICK HERE
- Iron out every detail. It’s better to have too much information than not enough. You want to know when the job will start, anticipated date of completion, who will pay for what, who will be on site every day, will there be a Super on site, How can they be reached when you have questions, W,hen do they expect payment, Procedure for any changes in the original contract, site protection, penalties, warranties. This list truly goes on and on, so please make sure to do your research.
I know it sounds like a lot of preliminary work but it better to be safe than sorry when hiring a contractor.
Good luck and happy renovating. 🙂