Choosing a contractor that is reputable, capable and trustworthy is the most important factor in any remodel. The right contractor is the one that will provide quality craftsmanship and reduces or eliminates unexpected costs or emotional anxiety. Before you make this critical decision take a look at these 5 questions to ask to ensure you will choose the best contractor for your remodeling project.
How long has the contractor been in business in this area?
Supporting a local remodeling company is great for your local economy and essential when choosing a contractor. A business that has been crafting their trade locally for more than 5 years should have a network of reputable suppliers and subcontractors, and a list of previous clients that could provide vital information.
Can you provide references?
Any reputable contractor should have an extensive list of references. They should provide you with a list that not only includes previous customers, but also subcontractors and suppliers. Getting information from previous customers will give you an idea of how the contractor treats clients. The information you acquire from subcontractors and suppliers will reveal the contractor’s professional reputation.
Who will be running the project?
Many times the person you sit down with to discuss and eventually bid your project is not the person who will be doing the construction work. There will most likely be a lead carpenter who will oversee everyone that will be working in your home, including the subcontractors. Design/Build contractors will do a handoff meeting where you and the salesperson will do a sit down with the lead carpenter so you can get better acquainted.
Can you provide a timeline?
Any good contractor should be able to provide you with a detailed timeline for your project, more than just a start and completion date. It will give you an idea of the steps for the entire project, and let you know if things are slowing down by a couple of days. Although, the timeline will is not always exact, sometimes there are bumps in the road that may slow down a project that are of no fault of the contractor.
Do you itemize your bid?
Many contractors provide a written bid that is very vague, with only a bottom line price for your project. This can be very confusing and leave you in the dark about the specifics of the job. A detailed, itemized bid will provide you with the cost of every aspect of the project so you know exactly what you are paying for.
Doing a major or even a minor remodel can be a very taxing ordeal. Choosing the right contractor for you is the first, and most important, step in the process. Sit down with a few different contractors, ask them these important questions and consider carefully which one is right for you. If you are located in Western, MA contact Paradis Remodeling and Building, we will be glad to meet for a free consultation and answer any question you may have about your project.