How to Choose a Home Remodeling Contractor: Part 2

Deciding on a renovation for your home is exciting, but that brings the tricky decision of choosing a trustworthy home remodeling contractor as well. Finding the right contractor and company for the job can be intimidating, but we’re here to help make the process easier. Our last blog gave three great things for you to consider (and what to avoid!) to narrow down your contractor candidates. In this blog, we’ll go over an additional three tips to get your list down to the top one or two home remodeling companies.

Check References

Any reputable contractor will have a list of references ready for you. If they don’t provide you with one, then ask for it. A reference list should have the name, address, and contact information of at least 10 projects. These should be a good mix of recent and older projects. Select some people to call from each reference list of the contractors you’ve shortlisted.

You might want to ask them if you can go see the property in person. Have a list of questions ready for the references. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • -Was the schedule adhered to?
  • -Was the job site kept tidy?
  • -Was the contractor quick to address problems?
  • -Was the team punctual and prompt for work?
  • -Are you still satisfied with the work done? How has it held up?
  • -Was the cost reasonable and clear?

What to Avoid

A reference list with large gaps between projects isn’t always a bad thing because the contractor could have been taking a break. Ask them about the gaps. Be wary if they are unable to explain some of the gaps or are evasive.

Read between the lines with the references you speak to. The ones who had a good experience won’t be hesitant to tell you so. If someone is being evasive, dodging questions, or not giving direct answers, it could be because they don’t want to say it, but their experience was not the best. Remove these contractors from your list.

See For Yourself

Ask the references of your shortlisted contractors if you can see the finished project. Ideally, you should visit one finished project from each contractor’s list. Choose ones that were completed a few years ago, are similar to what you want to get done, and are close enough to where you live, so you don’t have to go too far out of the way.

Inspect each place closely and notice how the work has held up over the years. Ask them if they had to have anything repaired or replaced.

What to Avoid

These are some of the things you should notice when you review the projects.

  • Bathroom remodels: Stained walls or ceilings, uneven floors, not enough lighting, use of cheap materials
  • Kitchen remodels: Use of cheap materials, illogical layout, insufficient lighting, inadequate storage or counter space
  • Paint: Runs or streaks, misaligned lines or imperfect edges, splatters on the floor
  • Tile work: Excess grout or caulking along edges, inconsistent grout lines, uneven surfaces
  • Decks, patios, or pergolas: Wavy or swollen boards, mismatched edges, gaps between boards or windows, cracks in the floorboards, cracks in the concrete.

Invite Bids and Make Your Decision

Now that you’ve reviewed each contractor’s work, you should have your choices narrowed down to three or so contractors. Ask each of them for a bid. The bid will have details about the project, an estimate of how much time it will take, their recommendations on materials, and an estimated cost.

Review each bid carefully, especially in terms of the quality of materials they recommend and how much of that makes up the total cost. Quality materials will look great and last longer but drive up the cost of your renovation. Your final decision has to be a balance between how much you can afford and how you want the final project to look.

Once you’ve decided on the contractor you want to go with, they will give you a more detailed contract, which will further break down the cost estimate, timeline, and material.

What to Avoid

If a contractor tries to pressure you into accepting a bid by claiming it’s a limited offer, that’s a major red flag. A reputable contractor would not push you to sign; they will let you take your time to decide and be gracious in defeat.

Take as much time as you need with both the bid and the final contract. Read them thoroughly before signing. Let your lawyer look it over as well.

Working with Dependable Home Remodelers

Once you have your chosen home remodeling company picked out, sign the contract, and your project can be underway. Your dream home is just a matter of time now. For professional, high-quality home remodeling services in Dallas and the surrounding areas of Texas, contact Lasco Remodeling and Construction!