5 Tips For Selecting The Right Contractor

Remodeling or renovating your home can be a huge undertaking, with very high stakes. After all, not only is remodeling an expensive, long process with many moving parts, but the project is your home itself. After all:

If you’re going to live in it, you have to love it.

room under renovation (painting)

At the same time, even if you’re completely rich, you can’t just throw money at a problem and expect it to turn out perfect. In fact, this is the easiest way to ruin your renovation. A proactive, intelligent homemaker is the key to a successful remodeling. And part of your job is to pick the right crew. Here’s how we would pick the best man for the job:

Educate Yourself When Selecting Remodeling Contractor

chicago-contractorLet’s say your getting your kitchen remodeled. What do you, as a homeowner, need to know about this project before even talking to a contractor? Even before you get into the question of materials and redesigns, you should at least know what’s in the walls, and how the electricity and plumbing is hooked up. This should give you an idea of what may or may not be possible with your existing structures. Then you can start to look into different materials for countertops, backsplashes, floors, etc. Think about price, look, durability, etc., when you are doing your research. This should give a general idea for the scope of the projects.

Check For Licensing

chicago-certified-contractorThere are many available “contractors” on Craigslist who will try to pressure you into paying them up front for a price that steeply undercuts more reputable companies. Now, it’s not impossible that they could do the work that they claim to. There’s lots of guys who know guys that know how to get things done. At the same time, not only is it illegal for these so-called “contractors” without an active license in many states. And, to make matters worse, because you are breaking the law just as much as they are by hiring them, you have little to no legal recourse against them if they botch the job. If they don’t have a license, they probably have a reason, and it’s not a good one. Not for you.

Review Past Work and Clients of Your Contractor

Once you’ve got the licensing question out of the way, you should meet with them and go over their remodeling portfolio. And make sure to get references. Why not ask for a quote right away? First of all, if you don’t like the quality of their work, it doesn’t matter what they’re charging. If you’ve done your research (Step #1), you should have some idea what a fair price is to begin with.

Get Remodeling Quotes

If you like what you see, go ahead and get that quote. But never, ever take the first quote. Even if it’s an amazing deal, it will still be available after you’ve spoken to other contractors. This also shows that you take this project seriously, and you’re not willing to make decisions without weighing the costs and benefits. This will also help you get an idea of what options are available to you, beyond simply doing research yourself.

Consider Hidden Or Long Term Costs

When most contractors give you a quote, they are telling you for the upfront cost of the renovation. Rarely do they include the associated costs in heating, water, and electricity bills that this renovation might include. Some of them may mention it, but it is imperative that you factor in long-term costs into the price your renovation. Consider energy saving options like dual-flush toilets, radiant-heat flooring, and double-insulated windows to dramatically reduce utility costs over the years.

The Journey Doesn’t End There…

Since every remodeling project is different, there are few hard-and-fast rules for getting the best renovation for the best price. But these tips should be instrumental for starting your journey to your lovely new home. For a more in-depth consultation on your specific needs, call the experts at Maya Construction Group to help get the ball rolling. Call us at 773 305 5789 for all your House Remodeling or Commercial Construction needs.

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