Like many residents rebuilding in Houston after hurricane Harvey, you’ll likely need the help of a home remodeling contractor to rebuild your home. For many homeowners, the hardest part of a renovation project isn’t getting the work done, but it’s finding a quality, reliable remodeler to complete the job. Even with a top-notch contractor, the remodeling experience can be stressful.
While researching a remodeling company may be time-consuming, it definitely will pay off. Selecting the right contractor can be the difference between a professional home renovation project and a disaster. Here are some steps you can take to help you locate a contractor who will get the job done right.
Work With Trusted Locals
Narrowing your list to companies with strong community ties is a smart move. Local businesses have a vested interest in helping their neighborhoods rebuild, and an incentive to provide quality work in their local area.
Know What You Want
It’s hard to get an accurate estimate for repairs or remodeling if you don’t know what you want. Start with a plan that includes the scope of the project as well as the materials you want to use.
Choose the Right Contractor for the Right Project
While a contractor might be the best for building an addition or installing kitchen cabinets, they might not be the best for renovating a bathroom or replacing your shower door. Make sure your contractor excels in the work required to complete your specific project.
Interview at Least Three Contractors
Meet with at least three remodelers, ask plenty of questions, and get bids from each. Compare their bids, including the tasks, materials, and timeline. While you might want work to begin immediately, reputable contractors may have a busy schedule.
Read Online Reviews
Sites like Angie’s List and Home Advisor are a wealth of information because they contain reviews by actual clients. Check out homeowner’s experiences on Google, Yelp, and Facebook as well. Don’t just look at the star rating — read the reviews to find out why the customer rated the company they way they did.
Ask for Proof of Licenses and Insurance
Many disreputable home remodeling contractors claim to be licensed and insured when they aren't. To protect yourself, ask them to provide proof of current general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
Ask for References
Previous work is a good predictor of the quality of work you can expect from a contractor. Don’t just browse their portfolios — ask for references from past clients and follow up by contacting them to find out what it was like to work with the company.
Ask Who Will Be Doing the Work
Depending on the scope of the project, the home remodeler may complete the work themselves or may hire subcontractors for some of the work. If they don’t plan to complete the work themselves, research the subcontractor they plan to work with to ensure that they also have all the proper licenses and insurance required.
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