TOP TIPS: HIRING A CONTRACTOR
Contractors are often the most important part of any renovation project, and it’s easy to get caught up in looking at what they have on their website without really understanding how much things cost. There's nothing worse than coming home from your first meeting with a contractor only find out that not only did you misread something but also realized this was going be more expensive then expected! So before signing anything make sure its right for YOU by checking out other companies' prices so when someone offers cheaper rates don't just take them because "it sounds good."
When you know what your budget is, it's easier to find a contractor that will work with this amount. Researching and understanding the cost of renovations beforehand will help make sure any renovation project stays within said limit!
As social media now plays a big part in today’s business world, finding a recommendation for a good contractor or renovation company is a lot easier. As well, a word-of-mouth referral or recommendation is a fantastic way to begin the selection of contractors you want to consider. If a valuable experience is had by others with their renovation and they share it with you, this will give you a terrific opportunity to ask some candid questions to your source about the company you are essentially “investigating.” An already established relationship with a source that is trustworthy will be better received as a genuine recommendation. Most people who have great experiences with their renovations are happy to share their story and often pass along their contacts.
When you have nailed down a few options for your contractors, the next step will involve your overall feelings of trust. That old expression “Listen to your gut” is key here. There are different approaches to how contractors and renovation companies will approach building a relationship with their clients. What you should be gaging during your introduction to each of them is their renovation knowledge, experience, personality, and professionalism. Remember who you choose will become a part of your life for days, weeks, or even months and years during the warranty depending on the contractors warranty. As their will also be points of negotiation, having a level of trust to ensure the work is being done in the most conscientious way to meet budget and overall expectations is particularly important. Ask about their processes and how they communicate and make sure it aligns with what you need to feel comfortable through this experience.
There are many reasons to ask for an estimate with detailed pricing, like wanting the full picture or needing more information about what you're paying. For example: If your contractor's strategy is " guessing," then it might come in higher than expected because there isn't any detail on how much everything will cost; this could lead them charging extra when they didn’t need too! On another note though- make sure that if something changes (i take out one thing)the rest stays intact so we can give accurate quotes without having additional work done which may raise prices even further