You’ve been dreaming of remodeling your home for months, and the time has finally come to get the project underway. While it might be tempting to dive right in, the first step is to find a qualified, reputable remodeling pro. After all, the contractor you pick can make — or break — your remodeling project. So, how do you ensure you end up with the best contractor for the job? By asking the right questions! Here are nine questions to ask when looking for a professional remodeler.
1. Are you licensed and insured?
There’s a certain level of trust that comes with hiring a professional remodeler to work on your home. But that doesn’t mean operating on blind faith! Be sure to check their qualifications and request to see a copy of their business license and insurance certificate.
2. Do you have references I can contact?
Asking for references allows you to get unbiased feedback from past clients about their remodeling experience. Some important details to ask about include the remodeler’s quality of work, communication style, and timeliness.
3. How long will the remodel take?
A home remodeling project can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year to complete. Make sure to ask about any unusual factors that may impact the construction timeline, such as material or labor shortages, so that you can plan accordingly.
4. Who is responsible for obtaining permits?
Most remodeling contractors prefer to obtain permits and recoup the cost by including it as a line item on the project proposal. However, some prefer the homeowner to apply and pay for the necessary permits separately.
5. Who will be my main point of contact?
Communication is key to any successful remodeling project. Typically, you’ll be assigned a project manager who will be your go-to for updates, questions, and change order requests. If possible, ask to meet the project manager in person so you can see how they work and communicate.
6. How do I make design selections?
Some professional remodelers employ or have partnerships with interior designers who will guide you through the selection process. Others may require you to hire a separate designer. If design help is included in the remodeling contract, be sure to ask for details about allowances for things like flooring, lighting, and cabinetry.
7. Can I make changes to the design later?
There’s always a possibility that you may change your mind about the design or your selections down the road. Some remodelers will accommodate change orders, but make sure you understand the contractor’s policy before finalizing the design.
8. How do we solve disagreements?
Best case scenario: your remodeling project goes off without a hitch. But if a problem occurs, it’s helpful to know what steps to take. Talking about how to handle any disputes before they happen will make them easier to resolve if something comes up.
9. What warranties are offered?
Many remodelers offer additional guarantees and extended warranties for labor and workmanship. Ask for details on what’s covered and how long.
Finding the right remodeling professional for your project may take some time, but it’s worth it in the end! Asking these questions will give you the confidence you need to make an informed decision.
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