If you’re planning a remodel, it can sometimes be difficult to know when you’re ready to sign with the professional who will be doing the work. So, we’ve gathered our suggested steps on the path to choosing a remodeler. Make sure you don’t miss one!
Choosing a Remodeler
- Get referrals from friends, family, and colleagues you trust. Ask them how their remodeler handled challenges, stayed on budget, and realized the details of their vision for their new space. Getting a remodeler that you can trust is a great future consideration.
- Once you’ve got a list of referrals, research their experience and reputation. What are their certifications? Their professional associations? Their affiliations, credentials, and any awards they’ve received can give you a good idea of the strengths they may bring to your project, and whether they may be a good fit. You can also look into the certifications themselves, to see what expertise is required to receive them.
- Conduct an interview. There are many answers and insights you can gather from interviewing a builder or remodeler. And there’s no reason to start from scratch. Check out our suggested builder interview for some ideas.
- Perform a reference check. During your interview, you should obtain references from the prospective remodeler from former clients, vendors, and so on. Chatting with these individuals will be very informative with regard to the remodeler’s strengths, weaknesses, and capability to complete your project.
- Select your remodeler.
- Review the contract and accompanying agreements carefully. It may be a good idea to have your legal counsel review them as well. In general, it should include:
- Price of the Bid
- Schedule of Payment
- Project Scope and Specifics
- Site Plans
- Order and Schedule of Construction
- Change-Order Clause
- Express limited warranty
- Waiver of lien
- Procedural list for closeout
- Provision for dispute resolution
If the required elements are in your contract, and your questions have been answered, it’s time to celebrate. You’ve found the best remodeler for your project.
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