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Hiring A Remodeler?

Here is how you can protect yourself.

I have found that when most people need a remodeler they do what most of us do when they need a service based business…they ask their friends and family who they know.

I am going to give you a few things you can do to make sure your “referral” is the best person for the job. For the record, not everyone who calls themselves a remodeler are carpenters, nor have licensed electricians or plumbers in their contact list. In fact, they may not have the skills you need at all and might do a makeshift job of your work or project.

Here is how you can protect yourself

  • Make a list of the work or projects you need done. Think this through so you aren’t throwing in any adjustments to the timeline or scope of the project. This will also allow you to communicate clearly what you want so that the professional contractor can assess if they have the skills needed to do your job. Ask them if they have ever done similar project work.
  • Feel free to check out more than one remodeler and see who fits your communication and personality the best. After all, they will be in your personal space doing work for you.
  • Ask them for references. Serviced based professionals rely upon word of mouth recommendations.  When you call their references or recent customers, those reviews should make you feel confident of their work. Ask the reference how they know the person and how long ago they worked for them.
  • How do you find a remodeler? Talk to other service professionals. Ask your realtor, HVAC, plumber, etc., who they know in this field. You can certainly use the internet but there is nothing stronger than a word-of-mouth testimonial.
  • Make sure your remodeler is insured and bonded. You don’t want just anyone in your home. The professional remodeler knows what people want and it is for you to feel safe and secure in your own home while they are there.
  • Ask for an estimate. This estimate should include both time and labor for your project. It is important to meet face-to-face to look at the project together so there is no misunderstanding what you want to accomplish. Find out how you are being charged. It is by the hour or by the project? The estimate should also include a timeline that fits both your schedule and your budget.
  • Find out if there are any warranties or guarantees on their work so you can know what to expect if things don’t go as planned.
  • Get a contract in writing. This is for both your safety and security as well as the contractors. This leaves no questions unanswered between the two of you.
  • Have the payment schedule clearly outlined in the contract.  While a small deposit is a sign of good faith, a reliable contractor has good credit and does not need a large up-front deposit to cover the initial materials.
  • As a general rule, remember you usually get what you pay for. Make sure you feel good about the person, their work, terms and price. Once all that is done, I’d say you are in good hands and your project should go smoothly.

We’d love for you to take us up on all these things as Betts Remodeling clients are thrilled with our work, process, price and mostly us!

Glen Betts
Glen Betts
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