There is an expression in English “you get where you would pay for” and the expression seems to be more relevant when you have to improve your home or remodel your home while hiring a home improvement company.
If you go by price on your own then maybe it would decrease your cost initially, but it can lead you to higher cost furtherance.
To remodel your home, you would need a knowledgeable remodeling company to do proper planning at a reasonable cost. Home remodeling can be a fun job, but it depends on the contract holder company and the contractor you work with.
1. Get recommendation:
Try to stick with the local house remodeling company. Working with a local company means that the company has started being in your locality a long time and many people know them. You can also investigate their legitimacy, business license, and telephone number and you can verify the credentials with the local people. Even you can see some live samples of their work to understand their work quality and their working process and behavior.
If you are not sure which company you should choose, ask your insurance company to that even if they are not paying for it. This is because they have some contacts with the good home remodeling company. With the help of your insurance company not only you can take advantage of their review process but also you can get your work done by having a special discount because of their association with the insurance company.
2. Have a phone call:
Once you made the list which has the full mention of the companies you shortlisted, call them and ask many questions about the house. Ask them about many things like, if they do remodeling of the size of your house or if they can provide some financial reference from a bank. From them ask about the list of the clients they worked with. These questions will reveal the company’s reliability and availability and you can make a clear idea of how smoothly the work would be done.
3. Check the credentials:
After you do your phone interview with the companies, narrow your list down and ask them about the license number and their insurance certificate. Every home improvement company should have a business license and you should contact with the local municipality to check that if they really have any legal credentials before you decide to start a business with them.
4. Have a written contract:
Request the construction company to write multiple quotes like the description of all the material cost and the labor cost with the final cost. This can save you a lot of money while hiring one. In the legal contract have a clause stating if the company decides to change anything, you must be notified prior the change. This clause will protect you from unexpected changes. Make sure that your quote should contain the warranties and guarantees on the materials used. Save this agreement in a safe place until your warranty period expires, or you may have to use it for if you have pursued a legal battle against the company.
5. Understand that the price reflects quality:
Ask your company about all the details of the project like how the project would take place. Remember that the lowest bid is not always the right bid. Know about all the materials they are going to use in your project. A low bid might indicate that the company is going to use sub-par materials or they are just desperate to work. You would find the more accurate bid in the middle.
6. Educate yourself about home improvement requirement:
Know the permits and regulations which you and your construction company have to follow while they do the remodeling. The company should be responsible for applying and acquiring all the necessary permits for the remodeling job. Always ask the company architect about information behind the scene. This can make you aware of any problems that might arise and save you from the extra cost the company is going to charge you with.
7. Set a schedule for payment:
Making a payment schedule is an important step that one could make. The payment schedule reflects the company’s work ethics and their financial status. If they want half of the payment at first, they may have financial problems or are simply worries that you won’t pay the rest after you have seen the work. If you do a little market research, you would know that the large project starts with the payment schedule of 10% at the time of contract signing, and then they periodically have three 25% over the project duration. After completion of the project, they would receive the final 15%. All the service provides used to be tied up with material supplier and you better never chunk out big money at the beginning as advance payment.
8. Be prepared for renovation:
Try to select the colors of the wall before the painter arrived. Sometimes a homeowner can save cost by coloring the walls all by themselves. Always make sure to review the sample materials and make sure that you are happy with them. Make space for the crew who would work for you. Provide them with supplies and equipment on site. When they would get all of their requirements in more organized and accessible manner, they would do the work very fast. Try to avoid the potential loss. Remove all the valuables items at the work site. Seal the entry point with plastic sheeting and painter’s tape and prevent the dust accumulation.
9. Ensure the things are complete before packing up the renovation:
Always have a final walkthrough with the company after the claims that they have done the renovation. Follow their work carefully and make note if any work is incomplete or needs to be done. Request the company for an affidavit or release of a final release. The affidavit would make you clear of any third party liabilities.