How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor
It takes a little legwork to find the best person for your renovation job. Here's how to handle the task.
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Remember that when you're hiring a remodeler, you are buying a service and not a product. Quality of service will determine the quality of the finished project. Here are some things you'll want to explore and questions you'll want to ask when interviewing a remodeler.
Business Experience and Management
Does the remodeler:
Get It in Writing
After selecting a contractor, take a look at the documents he or she has prepared. Do they look professional? Scrutinize the contract. Does it seem fair and balanced? And make sure the legal agreement includes the following:
- a bid price and payment schedule
- specifics about the scope of work
- the site plan
- a sequential schedule of primary construction tasks
- a change-order clause
- a written procedural list for close-out
- an express limited warranty
- a clause about dispute resolution
- a waiver of lien, which would prevent subcontractors and suppliers from putting a lien on a house should their invoices go unpaid by the contractor
If everything checks out, you can sign on the dotted line with confidence.