Renovating a space is a great way to change the overall look and also add new value; whether for home or office, the benefits a renovation can add greatly outweighs any inconvenience it may cause while it’s happening.
There are however certain things to consider before conceptualizing any renovation and choosing a contractor. The following are three important tips to remember during the decision making process:
‘Make a List & Ask Questions
Make a quick call to each of your prospects and ask them the following questions:
Do they take on projects of your size? Are they willing to provide financial references, from suppliers or banks? Can they give you a list of previous clients? How many other projects would they have going at the same time? How long have they worked with their subcontractors?
Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide
“Throw out the lowball bid as this contractor is probably cutting corners or, worse, desperate for work”—hardly an encouraging sign in a healthy economy. Beyond technical competence, comfort should play an equal or greater role in your decision. The single most important factor in choosing a contractor is how well you and he/she communicates. All things being equal, it’s better to spend more and get someone you’re comfortable with.
Put it in Writing
Draw up a contract that details every step of the project: payment schedule; proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation payments; a start date and projected completion date; specific materials and products to be used; and a requirement that the contractor obtain lien releases (which protect you if he doesn’t pay his bills) from all subcontractors and suppliers. Insisting on a clear contract isn’t about mistrust, Tom assures us. It’s about insuring a successful renovation.’ (thisoldhouse.com)
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