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Choosing a Talented Contractor

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 83

For those who have no construction experience or handyman skills, a home renovation requires the work of a professional contractor. But how can you find a professional whose work you'll love at a price you can afford? One way to start is by getting referrals from friends and family member who have had similar work done.

Obtain Referrals

If you absolutely love the new kitchen that your sister had remodeled this past summer, ask her for the name of the contractor who did the work. Or maybe you love the deck or screened-in porch that your friend had installed about two year ago. Get that name too! Compile a list of names from referrals - people who can personally vouch for the contractor's work.

Make a List of your Nonnegotiable Items

To help you manage your remodeling budget, decide what items you feel are absolutely necessary for your remodeling project. If you're revamping your kitchen, do you absolutely need a gas stove? Will this require a plumber running a gas line to your kitchen? That may add a lot of extra expense. Are you determined to have your kitchen cabinets installed in specific places, or are you open to design suggestions? A design expert and construction professional can help you explore all your options and discuss the items that are most important to you.

Finding a Qualified Professional

Your first choice should be professionals who specialize in the area you plan to remodel. For instance, kitchen remodels usually require lighting and electrical work as well as appliance installation, plumbing, cabinetry, and flooring. You may have to hire several independent contractors or a kitchen remodeling team to get the job done properly.

Schedule an interview with each contractor on your list. View their qualification, licenses and insurance. Check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure the contractor has a high rating. Finally, before you make your final decision, ask for at written estimates from at least three contractors. Don't plan to go with the lowest bid. Compare the estimates and all the information you've gathered from your research to help you choose the right person to use.

Once you've chosen a contractor, be sure to read the contract terms thoroughly, even the fine print. It should clearly state the step-by-step process for completion of the project, an estimated time frame, a payment schedule, and any supplies that are needed. If you're pleased with the work, don't hesitate to recommend this professional to your own friends and family members!

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