The idea of renovating or retrofitting your home is likely pretty terrifying if you’re the average homeowner. After all, we’ve all heard horror stories about projects that take two years instead of town months and go completely off the rails in terms of budget. Renovating doesn’t have to be that way though!
The problem is that most homeowners don’t really do their homework when it comes to hiring the right general contractor. There are always problems you can’t predict on a job site, but if you hire professionals with the right experience, those problems shouldn’t double your budget or the time contractors occupy your home.
Use this guide to help you find the right people to do the work in your home. A little homework now goes a long way when it’s time for the exam.
Finding the right general contractor to work on your home might require a bit more than access to a phone book and the internet. While many of the contractors you could find that way may do a fine job, it’s hard to know who is on the level.
That’s why you need to seek real life referrals from friends, family, neighbors and even the people you work with. Ask them for help and if they know a contractor
Meet Multiple Contractors
Any contractor you meet should be able to provide you with a quote before work beings. While they may provide a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the final price, this really should be less than 10% more or less than the estimate.
To make sure you don’t spend too much, set aside 10% of your budget at the beginning of the project for any mishaps that are out of your control. Even the best contractors can’t predict everything that could happen when giving you a quote.
Consider Special Needs
Not all jobs that you hire a contractor for are the same. While most can build a room attached to your house, not all of them can do a job like adding a handicap accessible tub to an existing bathroom.
If you need to retrofit your house for seniors or safety reasons, look for somebody who specializes in that work. Others might be able to do it, but you don’t want to risk the safety of your loved ones.