What to Look for in a Home Remodeling Contractor

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So you’ve made the decision to remodel your home. It’s something that you and the family have been thinking about for many years, and now you’ve decided to take the plunge and turn your dreams into reality.

That’s great news. Now all you need to do is find a contractor to do the work for you. But, that’s not as straightforward as it sounds. It’s not just a case of flipping through the yellow pages and picking one out. Nor is it as simple as jumping on Google and deciding on using the company that appears first in the results.

There are lots of things that you need to be aware of when it comes to choosing the right home remodeling contractor. You will want an experienced contractor to carry out the work, such as the professionals over at, who have many years’ experience in home remodeling.

Below we will discuss some of the most important things when you make your decision about who you will hire.

Have a realistic plan of what you want to achieve

Before you even start thinking about getting in touch with contractors, it is vital that you have a viable and realistic plan of what work you want done to your home. Are you looking for a complete remodeling of the entire property, or are you just going for a new kitchen or bathroom. If you have a small home, then accept that turning it into a 6 bedroom mansion is not going to be a realistic option.

You need to have a realistic idea about what you want done to your property, so that when you do start getting in touch with contractors, they will be a much better position to give you a more accurate quote for the costs and the time needed to complete such work.

What experience do they have?

You will want to make sure that whoever you hire to do the work is more than capable of undertaking the project. Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience when getting in touch with various remodeling companies. Ask them about previous work they have done, ask for references and also check their online reviews.

If they have a Google or Facebook Business page, then you can check that for reviews and testimonials from previous clients. There are also independent review websites that you might be able to use to see what people have to say about them.

Check their credentials

One you’ve been able to narrow down a list of potential contractors, it is a good idea to check their certification and licensing. The work you want undertaken on your home may require specific licenses, so you will want to make sure that the contractor has these.

Another thing you should check is the liability insurance of the contractor. You want to make sure that if any major damage occurs in your home during the work, then you will be covered by their insurance.

Ask friends or family for recommendations

One of the best methods of promotion for any type of business is by word of mouth. Check with any of your friends or family members who may have previously had renovation work done. They may have worked with a contractor who provided an excellent service and are more than happy to recommend them to you. Equally, they may have worked with a company that delivered very poor results, and will advise you against using them.

Shop around – don’t go with the first quote you get

By now you should have a list of the final potential contractors that you may work with. Get in touch with each of them, explaining the work that you want done in your house, and ask them for a quote. Sometimes the contractor may want to come and see your home first before giving a quote. Other times they may be more than happy to provide you with a quote over the phone.

What you should do concerning getting quotes is to ask them to email you their quote. It is always good to have a solid reference to the quote you were given, rather than relying on what you were told over the telephone.

Once you have received the various quotes from the different contractors under consideration, you need to sit down and carefully go through each of them. Pay attention to the small details such as the time needed to complete the work, as well as the actual price.

Also, you need to remember that going with the lowest quote will not always be the best decision. Most of the quotes should be fairly similar to each other, so if you see that one quote is much lower than the others, this should be something to be wary of.

What are your best tips for looking for contractors for home renovation projects? 

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