10 Questions To Ask Home Remodeling Contractor

Home remodeling company: 10 questions to ask before hiring

When a part of your home is made vulnerable, there’s no such thing as too many questions! Any home remodeling project should start with an in depth hiring process for the right home remodeling company. Credibility, experience, work quality and work efficiency must be highlighted in your search. Here are 10 essential questions to ask up front:

How experienced is your staff and how long have you been in business?ask home remodeling contractor

Like any company, the longer it’s been around, the better. Experience is key, particularly with remodeling businesses. 20 years in business with 100 years of combined staff experience is way more comforting than 3 years in business with 10 years of staff experience. You don’t need to eliminate a less experienced remodeling company; however, maybe put a question mark next to that firm rather than circling it.

Do you have a contracting license?

Requirements differ by state; but, even when licenses aren’t required, it’s highly recommended that you only hire an organization that’s licensed in the areas pertinent to your Dallas, TX home remodel. Contracting licenses are comforting to homeowners as proof is gained {that a} contractor has gone through the right training and testing to earn a certain license. If the state deems a contractor worthy of a license then you should be in good condition.

Can I see your certificate of insurance?

Proof in hand is always better than someone’s word. Confirmation that a company has both liability and worker’s compensation insurance coverage is important to a home remodeling project. The last thing you want is to be held responsible for any damages caused by workers or any injuries of workers while on the job. A satisfying remodel is definitely towards the top of the list of priorities; nonetheless, protecting yourself and your home is #1 on the list.

Will you obtain necessary permits?

It’s not always required for a home remodeling company to obtain the required building/construction permits for a job. That being said, things are made a lot easier when a contractor does obtain the permits. It saves you the headache, plus, it shows the contractor’s willingness to provide an additional, helpful service before the project even begins. At the end of the day, you want the professionals to lead the way!

When do you expect the project to be completed?

You will, without a doubt, be inconvenienced for some time while your home is in the process a remodel. But, wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you’ll be inconvenienced? Depending on the size of the project, it’s unlikely a home remodeling company will be able to say the exact date and time the project will be completed by. But he/she should be able to provide a solid estimation. With that estimation, you’ll be given the power of expectation. If a job isn’t competed by the estimated time then you will be deserving of an explanation as to why not.

What is the pay schedule? Itemized bid?

You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a contractor that allows you a payment schedule. Paying for your complete job up front is risky; as an alternative, you want to pay for the work as the work is completed. It also helps to have an itemized bid prior to the start of the job. Having specific numbers to work with based on materials and labor rates is much better than relying on estimations. Estimations are grey areas that may result in confusion and disagreement along the way.

Can you detail how many people will be working on the project?

This seems like a bit of an unnecessary, but you want to be sold on the process and the people working on it. You need to know how many individuals will be working on the job and how often the project supervisor will be on-site overseeing the project and updating you on the progress. You want to have the ability to see the devotion put forth to give you your ideal home remodel.

What is the easiest way to get in contact with you? When is the best time to get in contact with you?

Obviously, communication is important. A general company phone number won’t suffice. Rather, direct contact with the project supervisor is what you want. Discuss early on with a home remodeling firm which method of communication works best for them. Whether or not it’s by phone, e-mail, text messages, or in-person…this should be established from the get-go. Also discuss the best times for communication as well.

What warranties are offered for materials/labor?

Warranties provide support to home remodeling projects. In the event that something goes wrong from a labor standpoint or from a materials standpoint, it’s good to have a warranty so the problem can be fixed without you having to pay for it. A Dallas, TX home remodeling company should have a set warranty that’s discussed with you in advance and provided to you in print as well. In addition, you should be able to obtain documentation of manufacturer warranties for materials and parts used for the project.

Do you have references I can get in contact with?

References are extremely helpful. You basically have a cheat code anytime you have the chance to discuss a company’s work with a previous customer. More often than not, the previous customer will be very forthcoming with information. You can cover customer service, quality of work, similarity of projects, timelines, etc. You should have very sturdy footing with where you stand in the hiring process after speaking with a reference.

For your home remodeling needs, give Toscana Floorings a call at (972) 406-8881! We promise answers to all of your questions and we promise to prove our experience in completing your desired remodel. Please visit our blog for additional helpful remodeling input.

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