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Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced renovator is crucial to a successful home renovation project. You need to hire an experienced contractor because you are putting your most valuable asset your home in the hands of someone else. You are also inviting a stranger into your home for days or even months. Therefore, you need to hire a renovator who you can work with and trust. To make sure you hire the best renovator, the following are five questions from Art and Design Assistance to ask the candidates.
1. Would you please itemize your bid?
p style=”text-align:justify;”>Most home renovators will stick to their bottom-line price for the project. Having just a single price would put you in the dark about what the renovator is charging for each aspect of the job. For example, if the original plan requires changing the bathroom floor, but you decide not to change the floor, how much should the innovator credit you for eliminating that work? You will be able to know the cost of the numerous elements of the job if you get an itemized bid. For instance: • Plumbing • Lighting fixture • Electrical work • Drywall and painting • Framing and finish carpentry.
2. Is your bid a fixed or estimate price?
p style=”text-align:justify;”>A majority of contractors use estimates, meaning that the bill might be much higher at the end of the project. Therefore, request a fixed price instead. Try to eliminate unknowns if the contractor insists he can’t offer fixed price since there are numerous unknowns. If the contractor cannot resolve the unknowns, have the project specs describe only what the contractor expects to do.
3. How long have you been in business? A contractor, who has been in business for more than five years, has already established a large network of suppliers and subcontractor. This makes sure that the contractor is safer to work with than the one who has just joined the business. Remember to ask for References of one or two clients that the contractor has worked with • A business card
4. Who are your main suppliers?
An experienced contractor must have a network of many suppliers. You can get a lot of information about your potential contractor by talking to proprietors of:
• Kitchen and bathroom showrooms
p style=”text-align:justify;”> • Tile shops
• Lumber yards
• The customer service of your favorite home improvement center.
5. Can you take me to one of your projects currently running?
Most contractors spent most of their time bidding for new work and supervising their various jobs.
That tells you that there is a job foreman – the one who will be at the site of your project. The foreman is the most important member of your team. Insist on meeting the foreman in person to access
p style=”text-align:justify;”>if his current job is running according to plan. Pay close attention to how your potential contractor is answering the above questions. If the contractor seems to have difficulty in answering the questions, you might consider going to the next candidate.
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