When it comes to home remodeling contractors, you have plenty of options, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re all good options. Choosing the right contractor to build your home addition can be as difficult as finding the right home, or purchasing the right vehicle, and just as important: choose wrong, and that’s thousands of dollars down the toilet. Choose wisely, on the other hand, and your new addition can benefit the whole family for years to come. For help finding the best contractor for your home renovation project, use the following tips:
Ask for Referrals
If you know of someone who recently had their home renovated, ask about the contractor they used. Were they good, great or terrible? Did they get the job done in a timely fashion? Were they fair on price? Get as many details as you can about the workers themselves, the company as a whole and, most importantly, their work.
Your budget is going to factor into who you ultimately hire to complete your home addition, so it’s important to gather several quotes before hiring a contractor. Sure, the guy who did work for your boss may sound wonderful, but if their retainer fee is $10,000 and your remodeling budget is $15,000, they may not be the right team for you. That said, use the quotes to do two things: 1) eliminate contractors you simply cannot afford and 2) get an idea of what your addition should cost. Eliminate those that are way above average and far below it and go from there.
Don’t Discount Good Communication
Communication is key during any kind of home renovation, so pay particular attention to those contractors who get back to you right away and those who take a week or two to get you their estimate. Even if you don’t have plans to start your renovation for a few months, it speaks volumes about a company when they treat you as if you already are a customer rather than just a potential customer.
Don’t hire just anyone to build your new home addition. Use the tips above to find the right contractor and you won’t be disappointed.