Thinking of hiring a contractor for your upcoming renovation? Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Decide on a Budget.
Before you even begin to search out possible contractors, it is absolutely imperative that you have a budget in mind for your project. It doesn’t have to be exact, but a good contractor will ask your budget so he/she can best work with you and your means, and can offer solutions to prevent the costs from going above what you had planned. Still not sure what to budget? Consider the size of the renovation. A change of paint and carpet will be a lot less than adding to your home’s square footage by finishing an unfinished space.
2. Ask about contracts.
Once you’ve selected a few contractors to meet, ask them about their contracts and ask to see a blank contract. Contracts are necessary to protect both parties, and can be a good guide as to how serious your potential contractor is. A good contract will outline the scope of work, payment terms, warranty terms and other important conditions that could affect the outcome of your project.
3. Ask about warranty.
Renovators who want the best for their clients and are confident in their work will always offer a warranty. A one-year warranty for a renovation is a great length of time.
4. Ask for References, and be sure to actually contact them.
This speaks for itself. Previous clients will be able to tell you about a contractor’s work ethic, relationship skills, time management, problem solving skills, and character.
5. Trust your gut.
Depending on the size of the renovation, your contractor could be a daily fixture in your home from several days to several weeks. You need to be able to trust that person and have an open and clear line of communication with them.
Krawchuk Construction Inc. would love to help with your renovation! We offer a one-year warranty on all our work and have several happy clients who would love to tell you about their great experiences with us. We would love to meet with you to discuss your renovation!