Your Contractor Wants You To Find Him/Her!The best way to find your contractor is referrals — from neighbors, friends, family, or business associates. These are your best resources, especially people who’ve remodeled recently. You can also get referrals from the showrooms you’ve visited. Don’t rely on advertisements. They can be misleading. You’ll be better off to contact your local professional remodeling organizations (NAHB, NARI, or NKBA) for several names and phone numbers. Most local building departments will not refer contractors. It’s a conflict of interest. Two Warnings About Referrals:
- Don’t hire a one-person contractor who says he/she does everything. An unforeseen family emergency, illness or injury can ruin time projections. There aren’t enough hours in the day for a general contractor to draw plans, manufacture cabinets, and work on your project. Overall quality of your project will suffer.
- Don’t hire family members or friends. If something goes wrong, it will ruin a good relationship.
“How long have you been in business?” “Are you licensed and bonded in this state?” “What type of construction projects do you prefer?” “Have you worked in our area?” (If “yes,” ask what type of project and when) “Are you familiar with our neighborhood?” “Do you normally provide products, or is it okay if we provide our own products?” “How do you feel about architects and designers? Have you had any bad experiences?” “Are you familiar with [name of your designer]? Have you worked with him/her before?” “Do you have employees, or do you use the same subcontractors for every project?”The contractor may have questions for you about your project. The first question a general contractor will ask when you call is, “Do you have plans?” Without plans, your project is just a verbal wish for the future. He or she will ask other questions about your project, including how much you want to invest and when you want your project finished. Based on the “preliminary” information, ask if the contractor can (and will) give you a budget range during your phone conversation, based on his/her experience, or if he/she wants to set an appointment. In the second half of this article, we’ll explore what happens at the first face-to-face meeting in your home, and the logical steps until you decide to hire your contractor. Both articles are revised excerpts from “THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling”.
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