You’ve found the perfect home with the help of your real estate professional–but that doesn’t mean your search is over. After all, even the ideal property may need some work to make it your own. When you need a trustworthy contractor for home renovations, these five steps can help you find and hire the right person for the job.
Know Who You Need
A general contractor oversees major projects and may hire specialized contractors to work under him for electrical or plumbing needs. Many homeowners strive to act as their own general contractor, but this is not advisable unless you have renovation experience or the project is smaller than remodeling an entire room. This person helps keep the remodel running smoothly, on time, and on budget. Before seeking contractors, have a plan for your project; the more details you can provide, the more specific the estimate you’ll receive.
Get at least three bids for any home renovation project. Ask friends and family members for contractor recommendations or check online reviews in your area to find the best-rated contractors. Use the Better Business Bureau and/or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry websites to thoroughly vet any contractors you may hire.
Ask the Right Questions
Make sure you interview your contractor before moving forward. Some of the questions you should ask include:
- Do you have a permanent place of business?
- Can you provide proof of sufficient insurance coverage?
- What is your experience with this specific type of project?
- How are client complaints resolved?
Review Your Bids
Once you receive the bids, don’t necessarily go with the lowest quote. Consider the level of quality provided when making your decision. For most bids, materials represent about 40 percent of the total project cost, about 40 percent is overhead, and the rest is profit. Everything should be in writing, including the full scope of the project details, payment requirements, and work schedule.
Be Aware of Red Flags
Knowing what to avoid is almost as important as knowing what to look for in a contractor. Run the other way if your prospective contractor:
- Only accepts cash
- Pressures you to make a decision
- Wants to use leftover materials from another project
- Gives you a quote without visiting your home to survey the area
- Does not manage the building permit process for the project
- Came to your door soliciting for business
If you need help to find the right person for the job reaches out to me, Ian Perler; Mr. Philly Real Estate. Tap into my large network and experience to help you find the best person for the job.
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