While home remodeling can be done during any time of the year, spring and summer are the most popular. Consequently, it is a time when home owners need to be extra cautious about rushing into a home reconstruction project. Why? Because it is a time when unscrupulous contractors will take advantage of the unsuspecting homeowner who does do their homework.
Just a quick perusal of the Internet will result in hundreds of contractor remodeling project nightmares. But you don’t have to be a victim. Use the following tips to be sure you are one of the thousands of home remodeling success stories.
1. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial to move out of your home during the remodel or if staying put won’t create a problem. Depending on the type of remodel, this could be the difference between stress or no stress. Think about the area to be remodeled, the duration of the project and how much of your family’s routine will be affected, then decided.
2. Talk to several people to learn what contractors, architects, designers and any specialist they recommend. Get as much information form people – especially those who were not satisfied- to determine if you will be able to work with a specific professional.
3. Meet with the prospective companies and explain to them what you envision. If at all possible, have artist or architectural renderings for them to look it. Listen to what they have to say, but be sure that they understand what you want to accomplish based on the budget you have to spend.
4. Don’t try to be your own general contractor. Hire one you can trust and then take time to work with them. Let them know your budget, timeline, style, and any other non-negotiable elements of the job.
5. Take time to check all the references provided, as well as confirm insurance, liability, BBB status and homebuilder association status.
6. Obtain building permits, if the contractor’s arrangement does not include this vital element.
Working with a remodeling contractor does not have to be a scary prospect. But it does mean performing due diligence to vet out the good from the unsavory. Sure, it will take time, but if you get taken advantage of by a contractor with less than reliable practices, then it will cost you a lot more time and money – not to mention an increased amount of stress – in order to get the job done right. So, do your homework and get ready to enjoy your new home remodel.