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The overwhelming process of hiring a contractor can be made easier with a little preparation. Knowledge is power, as they say, and your best chance at a great result, whether your project be a renovation or a brand new build. Know what you want, what you can spend, and research several contractors to find the best fit for your project.
Before you begin searching for contractors, make sure you know what you want and how much you are able to spend. The more details you know before calling the pros, the better. Are there specific materials you have in mind? Are there unusual circumstances the contractor should know about?
Personal recommendations from trusted family members, friends or industry professionals are the best place to start. Internet reviews can also provide solid support material.
When reaching out to potential contractors, cast a wide net. Your first contact with contractors will confirm whether they or their firm are appropriate to the type and scale of your project.
It’s time to gather estimates and you want more than one. Multiple options will give you a well-rounded outlook on your project. Design, timeline for completion, potential hurdles and total cost are all variables likely to shift from one contractor to another.
Several factors will be at play as you trim your decision, and cost will always be a driving force. Don’t let cheapest win simply because it’s the cheapest. The old adage still rings true: you get what you pay for.
Get a contract. If a contractor is reluctant to draw this up with you, you’ve selected the wrong contractor. Review the document carefully and remember that every detail matters: specific tasks, projected start date and end date, materials, insurance, and payment plan.
It’s go time. A final review of plans, colors, and sample materials before they break ground (or wall) can eliminate additional time and expense later. Make certain the space is ready for crew and construction. Remove any valuables from the proximity and allow room for the crew to store supplies should this be necessary.