The Top Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor – Going through the process of remodeling a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. As someone who is spending the money on their home remodel, you want to make sure it’s done properly and that the house is cared for. That’s why it’s important to hire the right contractor working on your home. Many contractors will put their name out there as people to hire, but here are some of the top questions you should ask to properly vet which contractor you want for your home:
#1: How Long Have You Been a Remodeling Contractor?
Hunting down the right candidate should start with this simple question: how long have you been contracting homes? If you hire someone brand new to the business, they may not be familiar enough with the types of things needing to be done. It’s always best, particularly with large remodeling projects, to hire someone with the years of experience needed to accomplish what needs to be done.
Keep in mind, however, that a new contracting business doesn’t necessarily guarantee the inexperience of the remodeling contractor. Some have been working in the industry for some time but have just recently started their own business. That’s why it’s important to do your own due diligence in hiring the best person for the job.
#2: Do you have the right license?
It’s easy to overlook this, but it’s important for the remodeling contractor you hire to have the right license to do the job. Depending on your county or state, there may be certain regulations and licenses needed to remodel a home correctly. Make sure you not only do your research on what is needed but also ensure the contractor is properly informed on this and has the right documentation.
#3: Will there be a dedicated team?
Not only do you want to be familiar with the main remodeling contractor for the job, but you also want to know if their team will consist of the same people coming into work every day. Don’t hesitate to ask to meet the team and check in when appropriate. There’s no harm in ensuring the people walking around inside your home are supposed to be there.
#4: What is the time frame of the project?
Now that you’ve found the right man or woman for the job, it’s important to figure out approximately how long the project will take. Not only is this information important for you so that you can plan accordingly, but it’s also important for maintaining awareness of the progress made so that adjustments can be made, if necessary, if something goes wrong.
#5: What about additional charges?
Sometimes surprises appear during a remodel. Maybe it’s an underlying issue with the electrical system or the HVAC or the plumbing that wasn’t known at the time. Typically, this can be avoided with a home inspection prior to the project starting; however, if something still arises, you and your contractor will need a plan to address it. Make sure the contractor doesn’t spend more money than your budget allows unless you explicitly give him permission to do so.
When you’re ready to remodel your Portland home, give us a call. We work all over the Portland metro area and would love to offer you an estimate on your next remodeling project. We would love to be your remodeling contractor. Contact Three Rivers Design and Remodeling today!
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