How to Choose a Home Remodeling Contractor
Choosing a contractor for your home remodel project is a high-stakes endeavor. It’s your house, after all. Therefore, it’s vital that you conduct thorough research before hiring a contractor.
Fortunately, we have the inside scoop on how to choose a home remodeling contractor, courtesy of our experts at Assurance Builders, Inc. Read on for the top tips from our remodeling professionals in Tucson.
1. Ask for Recommendations
Chances are, some of your family and friends have recently worked with a contractor. Ask them if they’d recommend their contractor to you. Social media is another excellent resource for gathering suggestions.
2. Check Licensure & Insurance
Most states require contractors to have a license for doing contracting work. After you have a working list of contractors, contact each one to ask them for their license number.
Besides licensure, you should verify with each contractor that:
- They have liability insurance
- They provide worker’s compensation
- They are part of at least one trade organization
Though membership in trade organizations is not a legal requirement, your contractor’s membership speaks to their desire for continuing education.
3. Browse Their Portfolio
Seeing the contractor’s previous remodeling jobs is a key step in choosing a home remodeling contractor. You should visit each contractor’s website to view pictures of their finished home renovation projects.
If a contractor doesn’t have any pictures, strike them off your list. A good contractor should have a rich portfolio of finished projects.
4. Check Reviews & References
The glossiest marketing in the world can’t conceal a contractor’s poor track record. Visit Yelp or Google Reviews to read reviews of the contractor’s work. A good contractor should have mostly positive reviews.
Furthermore, ask the contractor for references. Contact each reference and ask these questions:
- Did you feel comfortable with the contractor’s communication style?
- Was the contractor punctual?
- Did the contractor ever seem to try cutting corners?
- Are you still pleased with the contractor’s work?
5. Book a Visit
An expert contractor will offer a free visit to your property. During this visit, the contractor will assess your home to gauge if your remodeling goals are doable.
Pay attention to whether the contractor takes measurements and photos of your home. Also, remember that a good contractor will never promise what they can’t deliver. Instead, they’ll be upfront with you about what your home’s dimensions and architectural elements allow them to do.
5. Get Quotes
You should now have a handful of candidates. Ask each contractor to give you a quote for your home remodeling job. The contractor should then send you their quote (also known as a bid). Further, a good contractor will respond quickly and thoroughly to any money-related or other questions you have.
6. Read the Contract
Even after you’ve accepted a contractor’s quote, that doesn’t mean you’ve officially hired them. The contractor should then send you a contract for your signature as the final step.
Check that the contract has language covering the following items.
- A detailed timeline and payment schedule
- A change order clause
- Deliverables by specific dates, such as ordering the materials for the job by “X” date
Expert Tucson Home Remodeling Services from Assurance Builders, Inc.
Ready to hire your home remodeling contractor? Now that you know how to choose a home remodeling contractor, take the first step toward the home of your dreams by contacting our experienced, trained professionals at Assurance Builders, Inc. Give us a call today at 520-546-9752 to learn more about remodeling services in Tucson, AZ.