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How to Choose the Best Contractor for Your New Home

How to Choose the Best Contractor for Your New Home

To some its an addiction, to others, its simply unbearable-if you havent

guessed yet, Im talking about home improvement. If youre in the process of

planning to sell your home, home improvement is an excellent way to increase

the cost of your home and to attract buyers. If you dont have the time or even

the patience to do renovations yourself, there are factors that you need to be

aware of when choosing the right contractor for the job. It is not an easy task to find a good contractor. The low level of

standards and controls on the market allows almost everybody to be in this

business.

1.

Educate yourself

Its important to

educate yourself about the work you want to have completed prior to meeting

with contractors. This way, youll have a deeper understanding of renovation

lingo, youll be able to provide the contractor with enough information to

prepare an estimate that meets your goals, be able to interpret any estimates

that you receive, and to figure out whether the contractor is overpricing their

work.



2.

Check Contractors expertise,

past experience, and references

To select the best of the best,

you will need to check companys procedures,

specifications, references and the way they

communicate with you.If the

construction company or contractor does not know how to communicate well with

you (even when the others have no problems), then the possibility for

misunderstandings in the project increases, and that means higher costs and

less satisfaction.

When you look at the

specifications of potential contractors, make a list of questions, which you

want to be answered.Those, who

respond to your e-mail or call you, should have an advantage over the others. Nevertheless, consider whether your questions were answered clearly.This is particularly important for

issues that you are not clear about or you did not understand.

Below are some questions you need to ask each contractor.

- Did the Contractor omit a portion of the scope of work? If

so, have them revise the estimate.

- Are they using lesser quality materials (paint, cabinets, tile, etc.)?

- How long will it take to complete the work?

- Are they insured with a General Liability policy?

- Can they provide a minimum of 5 to 10 references from previous projects?

- Are permits necessary and if so, is the cost included in the estimate?

- Is the Contractor willing to let you visit several of their jobs?

- What type of Warranty does the Contractor provide?

If they do not understand what you

are talking about, ask more questions.Good

builders are the ones who know how to solve a problem. However, those who

insist on answering your questions and want to explain you every little detail

are the best.

Above all, try to find their ex

clients and personally see their past work. The best recommedation is a

satisfied client.

3.

Are they affilated weith any

renovation networks/associations?

Look for contractors affiliated with the Better Business

Bureau, National Association of the Remodelling Industry (NARI), National

Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), National Association of Home Builders

(NAHB) or any other local building or remodelling association. Look at each

Contractors website to see what type of work they perform, any examples of

already completed work and their qualifications.

4.

Consider hiring a green company

Today, houses are cheaper to

heat and cool and more comfortable than it was a case a few decades ago.

If you want to regain the money

you've invested in refurbishing or building a house it is necessary to connect with

a green company that understands your needs and has the knowledge how to manage

your task.

5.

Walk the job

During your meetings, hand over your information that you

compiled and walk the job with each of them. Be prepared to answer numerous

questions. Some will be easy to answer and others may need some additional

research on your part. Either way, try to stick with your initial scope of work

and do not deviate because it will only make it more difficult for you to

interpret the figures on each bid.

Ask each Contractor how long it will take them to prepare the

estimate and make sure they honour those dates. If they don't, that should be a

red flag.

6.

The cheapest offers are often the

most expensive

Price should not be the

deciding factor when choosing contractors.People

often choose the lowest bid and ultimately discover that the contractor has not

done the job properly.High

quality papers require a certain price.It

may cost you more, but the job will be done smoothly and within the standards

of eligibility.

Cheaper can offer more chop at

the end, because you'll eventually change the order, to correct errors or the

contractor to cancel the job.If

you ask for three bids for your project,

you'll get three different prices. If a contractor is 15 percent more expensive

than another, ask him why.Maybe

it includes more items in their offer.If

it is cheaper by 15 percent, maybe he forgot to include something very important

to you.Remember, you have the

right to ask a contractor what you want and they must know how to explain the

offer.

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