It’s hard to know which remodeling company you can trust to do the job the way you want it done on time and on budget. Today, most people know to check the company’s Better Business Bureau page and read online reviews, however, you should also ask the remodeler lots of questions before signing a contract. Here are five that should never be overlooked.
1. How Much of the Work Will Be Subcontracted?
Few remodeling companies are also plumbers and electricians so it’s normal for some of the work to be subcontracted. However, the more subcontractors they need to hire throughout a job, the less they have in their control. When a bathroom remodeling company, for example, has their own drywallers, you can count on them to show up when they should. If they outsource or subcontract that sort of work, you’re going to be sitting and waiting until the drywall is up before pretty much anything else gets done.
2. Do You Offer Comprehensive Services?
Depending on the extent of a remodel, your needs will vary. However, a design-build company will offer input and assistance with design elements like paint color and the flooring installation direction or tile pattern in the shower. A construction company may look like a cheaper option but remodeling companies generally have design experience to create the look you want. When removing walls, you want to make sure you’re not impacting the structural integrity of the home and your remodeling company should consult with an architect. You don’t want to coordinate this or have an issue after the remodel.
3. Are You Licensed and Insured?
Although not every area or type of remodel requires a license, if your locality does, make sure your remodeling company has a current license. This helps ensure that they can pull necessary permits and that they have the knowledge to do the job right. Never hire any type of contractor without liability and workman’s compensation insurance. Doing so can leave you liable for injury or damage on the job.
4. Can I See Examples of Your Work?
Any experience remodeling company will be proud to show off their work. They may have a portfolio in their design studio or they may send you to an online resource like their website or Houzz. As you’re looking at these examples, make sure you like the styles and the look of the materials used. If there’s a particular example you love, ask if there are more images and what they did for that remodel.
5. What is Your Timeline for My Project?
Of course, you have to get pretty far into the project for a detailed timeline (but don’t hesitate to see examples from previous jobs), they should be able to provide an estimate based on your requests. Of course, as you make changes during the work or when the unexpected happens, your timeline changes. Find out what their expected start date would be based on you finalizing design decisions on a specific date. This will help you know if they can finish the job when you need it done.
Hiring a NARI remodeler will guarantee that they have the proper licensing and insurance. You’ll also find that because a NARI remodeling company has greater experience and is held to a higher standard than just any contractor, you’ll be able to see many examples of their work and they can work with you from design to completion and on a timeline. If you need help finding a NARI remodeler in your area, click here.