The Right Contractor:
Finding the right home contractor or remodeler can be easy if you know what to look for. Let’s explore some of the must haves for a professional, experienced company.
In today’s world of internet and social media, there is a plethora of information at your fingertips in seconds. Take time to read and carefully peruse company websites and online information. Do they have good reviews, are they highly rated? Is your remodeler a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and are they in “good standing” with them? The BBB is a great organization. They are an unbiased, third party affiliate that rates businesses based on customer feedback. Be aware that some organizations matching businesses with consumers are being paid by that business. It is not always just the “best” company. It’s a good sign if you, yourself can locate ratings, reviews and information from many different sources, i.e. online, radio, newspapers, and articles about the business you are considering. A good organization has real staying power, and remains visible to the consumer always. Their reputation precedes them.
You’ve heard that first impressions are key? Well, this is especially true in business. Really take notice of the meetings you have with your contractor before work begins. Will they come to your home for a free estimate? They should bring the showroom to you, because that is where the work is happening. Don’t choose blindly from a hardware store, go for custom, in home remodeling. Quality is the answer!
You need to receive more than just a “bid”, with arbitrary figures and generalities. Your design plan should be thorough and detailed, including all the specifics of what is being done, using your exact measurements before work begins. The cost estimate you receive should include everything, no hidden charges that might pop up later. Caution: Never pay the whole amount of the project up front! The cost should be split into several payments. A down payment to get the work started, then subsequent payments during the job, the last of which is due on completion, when you are 100% satfinisfied.
Look to see who is following your project and taking care of any items popping up during construction. Is the company making sure the job is being done right? Find a remodeler who has quality people put in place to assist you with your project, and who will be with you from start to finish. Look for a professional presentation, and that they can answer all your questions easily. Your remodeler should provide adequate reference letters, they should be bonded, insured, and licensed. Do they background check and screen all the people within their organization. How long have they been in business?
Other important details:
Doing a home remodeling project takes planning and information, and it’s best to consult professionals. As a smart consumer, look for a company that is serious about your project, that will give you their word, and guarantee to do the job right. If you are ready for a home remodeling project, call Dun-Rite Home Improvements, Inc. today.
Authored By: Tracy Dibonas