How to Choose a Design Build Contractor
Selecting a design build contractor is essential when considering a renovation project in your home. Do-It-Yourself homeowners can often overlook or omit important steps and aspects of the project, which could be costly in the long run.
When selecting a contractor, consider the following:
The best source to find a reputable contractor is through word-of-mouth. Ask your family and friends – in person or on social media sites such as Facebook – who they’ve hired for their home renovation projects.
No matter how stellar the reference may be, it’s always a good idea to seek background information on the contractor by doing the following:
- Check the contractor’s website to find their areas of expertise; how long they’ve been in business and other pertinent information.
- Ask if the company is insured and licensed to do remodeling work (is the business a member of the National Association of Remodeling Industry?)
Check out the Portfolio
Seeing is believing. Look for photos of completed projects on the company’s website. If there are no photos online, ask the contractor to email photos of past projects to you. Ask if the company has a Facebook page, where you can find photos and testimonials from previous customers.
Ask for Estimates
Cost is obviously a major consideration when selecting a contractor. Ask for a quote in writing. Verify that the quote includes everything to get the job completed as desired. No one likes hidden costs, and an up-front contractor would not impose them on customers.
Keep in mind that the goal here isn’t to find the cheapest contractor, but rather the company with the most reasonable quote.
Any home renovation project poses a temporary disruption and inconvenience to the homeowner. A contractor should be able to offer a time frame for the project and a completion date. The contractor should adhere as closely to the finish date as possible, so the customer has clear expectations.
These are just a few tips to consider when selecting a contractor for your home renovation project. As much as possible, go with the contractor who feels right to you – someone who listens to you and explains the different aspects of the project.