You love your home, the location, and the secure feeling of relaxing in a place where you feel safe. As years go by, however, you will find that your home will be in need of repair or renovation. Perhaps you are not as enamored with the current look of your bathrooms or kitchen, and wish to update fixtures, appliances, and decor. Rather than do it yourself, you look for a contractor to handle the job.
Hiring a contractor who specializes in home improvement and renovation is a smart move, yet one that requires much thought and research. You may hear stories of people being “ripped off" or dissatisfied with the end result, so how do you know the people you choose for your home project are good enough?
Here are a few tips to consider when researching potential contractors to renovate or add on to your home:
Communication: Is the contractor easy to find? Are they listed sufficiently in the Yellow Pages or other classifieds? Does the company have a website with detailed information on their services?
Estimate: Does the contractor or company offer a free estimate on the job you want done? Will the contractor itemize the estimate so you will know exactly what you are paying for?
Staff: Does the contractor have a set staff of electricians, construction workers, plumbers, and other tradesmen? Do they hire temporary workers instead?
Samples/Testimonials: Have you contacted anybody who has used their services before? Is the contractor willing or able to provide samples or references with regards to their work?
Licensing/Bonding: Is the contractor fully licensed by the state? Are all employees properly insured and bonded?
Affiliations: Is the contractor affiliated with any professional organizations related to their work?
Before you decide to spend money on a lavish remodeling job, take the time to investigate the people coming into your home to renovate. The research you do now may save you many headaches in the future.
Larry Marlin is co-owner of Chesapeake Remodel, specializing in Virginia Beach home renovation Chesapeake Remodel offers quality bathroom and kitchen remodeling in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and all of Hampton Roads.