Any kind of home renovation can be intimidating, even for the most experienced homeowner. When you’re having to make decisions around budget and timeline, whilst simultaneously attempting to find a trustworthy contractor, it can be overwhelming. Here are some valuable tips to keep in mind when starting a remodel, to ensure that you have the best experience possible!
1. Browse around
Ask your family, friends or co-workers, if they have worked with any great remodelers that they can recommend. Look at reviews, ratings, and company information on their Porch profiles to learn more about a company. It’s always a good idea to look into 2-3 professionals in order to decide the best choice. Remember to check references as well and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Choosing the right professional is like an interview process.
2. Make sure you’re protected
Always ask the prospective contractor, or any of their sub-contractors, if they are licensed, insured, registered and bonded in accordance to their state law. A great professional will not only be able to provide this information for you, but will do so happily. You can find out if you require a construction permit by contacting your Contractor’s State License Board or calling Porch’s Homeowner Support Team. Also, don’t forget to check that your homeowner’s insurance covers your project as well.
3. Have realistic expectations and be flexible
When it comes to your home, you want to avoid cutting corners. While you don’t want to go with the cheapest option, it’s understandable to still want to stay at a reasonable amount. Establish with the professional the highs and lows of the spending spectrum in order to find the perfect middle ground when it comes to material options, installation fees, etc. This is where it is helpful to get a few different quotes and opinions to make sure you are being fairly charged. Also, come up with a budget idea that is roughly 20% more than your initial ideas to be prepared for project hiccups as a precaution.
4. Be patient
The last thing you want to do is rush a project and end up with sloppy results. Take the time to plan your budget, create an overall outcome idea, draft up the perfect designs and be prepared for those project hiccups that may happen; i.e. unexpected wall rot or outdated wiring.
Also be prepared to not be able to start right away. Often the best options may be a little busy.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak up
Choosing the right professional is like an interview process, so now is the time to clarify any questions or concerns. Communication and cooperation is key, because a solid professional wants to do the best job for you. In order to do so, be honest about what you want and what you don’t understand is a priority. Here’s some suggestions of What to Ask your Remodeling Contractor.
6. Get everything in writing
Create a professional contract to nail down what all are required of both parties for the process of the project. Nail down the payment schedule, project details, building requirements, timeline, materials, etc. This ensures a successful remodel, not a sign of mistrust on either end. At the end of the project, ask them to send a professional invoice using some trustable accounting software made for contractors.
Remember that we at Porch are here to create a successful and positive experience for homeowners. If you ever have any questions, never hesitate to call or email Porch’s Homeowner Support Team!
Think you’re ready to start your remodel?
Now you’re ready to hire a contractor, check out What to Expect Throughout Your Remodel.