Remodeling your home is a great way to increase its value and marketability. Home values are only partially based on the size of a home. Buyers often prefer homes with modern touches. The key to a successful remodel is the right contractor. You want to find a skilled contractor whose work and word you can trust. Here’s how you can do this.
• Ask for referrals. Word of mouth is still one of the most honest forms of advertising. Chances are you already know someone who has done some work on their home. Ask them about the contractor they used. Find out if they were satisfied with the contractor’s work and whether or not they would use them again. If you really don’t know anyone who’s remodeled recently, you can also check with building inspectors and trade organizations for recommendations. Or, get a referral from an online service like Angie’s List who provides recommendations for local contractors.
• Check their documentation. More than half of the states in the U.S. require general contractors to be licensed. Nearly all of them have licensing requirements for plumbers and electricians. If you live in one of these states, make sure your contractor is licensed by your state board. This means they had to show the state that they know what they’re doing. If the work is unsatisfactory, you can file a complaint against them. In addition to their state license, make sure they carry their own liability insurance. Otherwise you can be held responsible for accidents that happen on your property.
• Watch out for red flags. Some behaviors just cannot be ignored and are sure signs that you cannot trust this person. Do not hire a contractor who expects you to get your own building permits, only accepts cash payments, or refuses to give you a written estimate. Although it’s perfectly acceptable to pay a down payment on your project, you should never pay for the entire job upfront.
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