You have finally saved the money and nailed down the renovations you want to do on your home. Now comes the hard part – finding a contractor that is trustworthy and won’t break the bank. Here are the top five tips for getting the best contractor on your budget.
Take It Slow
When it comes to home renovations, it is normal to want the remodeling to go as quickly as possible. However, in your attempts to speed up the process, don’t be so quick to jump at the first contractor you find. Instead, take it slow. Interview several contractors and compare prices and experience. Do your research. It may take longer to do the research and meet with several contractors, but it will save you money and disappointment in the long run. Another thing to research is to find what kind of permits you will need from your local government.
Talk with Friends
Most contractors will have referrals, but it is best to start with the recommendation from a friend, family member, or someone you trust. However, don’t just stop at a friend’s recommendation. The job still might not have been done right or your friend may have been oblivious to mistakes. You should still research other referrals and online reviews. Don’t be afraid to call up on all the referrals a few weeks after their job has been completed. Ask them questions, such as if they were happy with the job, how long did the job take, how long did clean up take, and more.
Find a Contractor with the Right Skills
Despite popular belief, not all contractors are made the same. Some contractors specialize in renovations while others specialize in new home construction. It is essential to hire a contractor that has a lot of experience in the renovations that you want done. This will save time and money on the project because they are less likely to make mistakes.
Ask More Than Enough Questions
Those who are just pretending to be professionals will be nervous when asked too many questions. A true pro will answer all of your questions with ease because they do not have anything to hide. Also, it is a good idea to tell your future contractor that you will be checking in on the project every once in a while to make sure the progress is going according to your expectations. If that makes the contractor squirmy or uncomfortable, then find a new one. Remember, you are the one who has to live with the results of the work, so it should meet your expectations.
Don’t Give Away Everything at Once
You should only put 10% of the total cost of the job down for the contractors to start. Agree on a payment schedule with the contractor that allows you to pay as job milestones are completed. You should schedule for the last 15% of the job total to be paid 30-45 days after the job is finished. This ensures that the contractor will stay through until the end of the job. Also, if anything ends up being wrong with the job, your contractor will most likely be motivated to fix it while still waiting on the last payment.
Finding the right contractor is important. Too many people have been cheated by an unreliable contractor. Don’t be one of them by doing the research and groundwork required to finding the right contractor for your budget.