How to qualify the right home remodeling contractor to hire for your project is an important process. After all, working with a professional does give you a creative edge and allows you to complete the project more efficiently. However, what you may not know is how to qualify the right contractor. Below are seven questions that you should ask every home remodeler before you commit to hiring one.
1. Are You Licensed?
On the surface, this sounds like a silly question. What you may not realize, however, is how many “contractors” are out there working without a license. Remember this: contractors who have no permit also have no accountability.
2. Are You Certified For This Particular Job?
Most contractors specialize. What this means, in general terms, is that they have specific training for these areas of work and have met industry, manufacturer, or state certification requirements to perform the work and use the products.
3. Are You Insured/Bonded?
Contracting is hazardous work. Workers face risk and injury every single day. It’s simple. If the contractors bidding for the job do not carry insurance or workers comp, don’t hire them.
4. Do You Have a Portfolio?
Any credible home remodeler can produce multiple samples of their previous projects. If possible, ask the contractor to show examples of projects similar to the one you’re about to undertake.
5. Do You Have References?
In this day and age, most people are hesitant to give out the contact information of previous clients. Most contractors, however, have a list of references ready to hand out upon request. When you call a reference, have a list of specific questions as they relate to your project. Note: be sure to follow up with the references. It will give you peace of mind.
6. How Long Does it Take Complete This Type of Project?
The average kitchen or bathroom can many weeks to complete. A room addition can take even longer. Before landing on a launch date for your remodel, ask the contractor how long the job will take so you can fit it into your schedule. Try to avoid scheduling the renovation during holidays, life events, or travel.
7. Do You Handle Design or Just Construction?
Most residential or commercial construction projects require a general contractor to oversee subcontractors and architects. Some companies do everything in-house without going through a third-party. If the company you hire is not involved in the design phase of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, you’ll need to enlist the help of an architect or home designer.
Professional Home Remodelers in Halifax
If you’re getting ready to remodel your kitchen, basement, or bathroom, contact Case Design/Remodeling. We offer complete building design and construction for residential properties. Our work also includes home additions and other large-scale renovations. Our service extends to homeowners in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth, and surrounding areas of Nova Scotia. To schedule a consultation, contact us at (902) 454-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org.