When choosing a contractor to head up your remodel, these simple steps can mean the difference between complete confidence and sleepless nights.
Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth-hands down, is usually the best way to find qualified professional to tackle the job. Ask relatives, friends neighbors and other investors whom they’ve had good experiences with. And ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems and whether he or she would use the same contractor again.
Check Associations, Organizations and/or Affiliations
Do some preliminary research, whether it’s with a phone call or a visit to the contractor’s website. Find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from state and local municipalities, along with designations from any professional associations such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, BBB, Angie’s List and/or National Association of Homebuilders. Look for contractors who have invested in course work and passed rigorous tests to earn particular certifications. Be aware, however, that not all certifications are created equal.
Narrow down the list of contenders and set up meetings. Try to keep it to three contractors, because things can get confusing beyond that. How a contractor answers questions is extremely important, but communication goes both ways.
Once you have scheduled a meeting with at least 3 contractors, they should be already volunteering to show you their recent work. If they don’t make sure you ask for verifiable work pictures or to visit current job sites.