Cost can sometimes drive a decision when it comes time to deciding on which remodeling bid to accept to complete your home project, but we cannot stress enough that in remodeling price is only the starting point.
Let us explain further...
Start by Asking Questions
If you want to choose the right contractor, you must ask the right questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers.
Ask questions like:
- Do you carry general liability insurance?
- Do you carry workers’ compensation insurance?
- Will you provide me with written lien waivers? (A lien waiver is a form of receipt for payment of services and materials. It ensures you that sub-contractors and suppliers have been paid, and that no liens will be placed on your property)
- Are you a member of the Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO) or BBB?
- Will you acquire all the required building permits?
- What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business?
- How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year?
- How do you handle changes in the scope of work?
- Are you licensed by the Contractors State License Board?
- Does your work come with a warranty?
Next ALWAYS Check References
This step is perhaps the most important. You should get several references from a contractor — usually previous customers for the last six months to one year. A reputable, well-established contractor should welcome this request. Once you get the references, call them. Ask if the job was done on time and at the agreed upon price and if the contractor was easy to reach and easy to deal with. Most people will be very frank and honest. This is the best way to determine the type of remodeler you're dealing with.
THEN Get Everything in Writing
Be skeptical of verbal quotes, prices or sketches penned on the back of a business card or envelope.
YES - Evaluate the Appearance
Once you meet the contractor, make sure they have a neat, clean and professional appearance. This may sound silly, but it's not. A coat and tie isn't necessary, but neatness does count in this business. During construction your home should be kept as neat and tidy as possible. Make sure their vehicle is clean, they are clean and that their shoes aren’t caked with mud.
And, Finally Look for Communication Skills
When discussing your project with a contractor make sure that you can communicate well with each other. You're going to be involved in an important project together. You should feel that your contractor listens to your needs and ideas, answers your questions and is accessible. This avoids miscommunication and costly errors.
At Father and Son Building and Remodeling we pride ourselves on our A+ BBB Rating and our membership with the Professional Remodelers Organization. But more importantly, we believe our hundreds of home owners across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan is our real badge of honor!
Visit our website at www.toledofandsremodeling.com to see photos of our projects and learn more about what we do and how we can see you through your next home remodeling project!