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Building or remodeling a home can be a huge problem if it not done right. A good contractor will complete your new construction or remodeling project on time and on budget, and do the work the way you want it done.
Unfortunately not all remodeling projects go smoothly, as you probably know from talking to anyone who has ever hired a bad contractor.
Even the smallest mistake while hiring a contractor, could result in
So what can you do to make sure that your remodeling or new construction project is completed on time and on budget with the minimum number of issues and concerns?
When looking for a contractor for your remodeling or construction project, three things will help you choose the best contractor for the job.
Most contractors will come out and visit you at your home, discuss your project, and return with references, and a quote. References are a great way to verify workmanship and customer service.
Ask the contractor for references of projects that are at least three to five years old as well newer ones. Newly completed renovations are usually in pristine condition, but older projects start to show wear and tear. By talking to the homeowners of both new and older projects, and taking the time to drive by look at their renovation/construction projects you will get an accurate idea of workmanship, contractor customer service, and response to emergency repairs.
However, make sure that you and the Contractor sign a contract and ensure that all of your project requirements are clearly listed in detail in writing the contract.
The contract should contain the Scope of Work, Project Costs, Material Qualities and Quantities, Brands of Products to be Used, a Clear Start and Finish Date, Project Milestones and Extension clauses, Payment Terms and Schedule, Architectural Drawing and Site Plans signed by Licensed Architect and/or Engineer and Approved by the Local Building Department, Required Building Permits and Inspections, Express Limited Warranty, Waiver of Lien, Changes and Change Orders, Worker and Job Site Safety, Limitation Of Liability Clauses, Warranty, Guarantee & Certification Clauses, Substantial Completion and Final Completion, Contract Termination, Indemnity, Insurance and Additional Insured’s, Delay Issues and Damages, Liquidated Damages, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Provisions, Venue Provisions etc. Basically, the contract should contain everything you’ve discussed and agreed to in your meetings with the contractor and a step-by-step detailed sequence and plan of the entire project.
It is always best to have an attorney or lawyer review any contract before you sign it.
As you can see, these three points cover nearly everything you need to know about hiring a good contractor. The process may be time-consuming, but your efforts will pay off in the long run. With the right contractor, your home renovation project will be completed on time, and on budget.
I like your tip on checking a remodel contractor’s credentials before you hire them. I would imagine that finding someone with good credentials would be a good way to ensure that you get someone who will do a good job. My wife and I are looking for someone to help in a kitchen remodel so we should probably check their credentials before we hire them.
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