It’s finally here – time to start planning your home remodel. After weeks, months, or even years of negotiating with your spouse, it’s time to find a contractor to remodel your home into the space of your dreams. However, there’s still a lot you need to learn before diving into a project with the first contractor you meet.
Before beginning your home project, make sure you get the most out of your remodel by asking your potential contractor the following questions:
Do you belong to any remodeling associations?
Contractors who belong to official remodeling associations, like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) are reputable, trusted partners for your project. Check with the contractor, or even the KC chapter of NARI to see if yours is on the list.
Can I see examples of similar projects you’ve done?
The best way to know whether or not a contractor can tackle your home project is if they have completed similar designs in the past. Ask to see examples and determine whether their style fits your own.
What is the timeframe for completion of this project?
Everyone wants their remodel done quickly, but you also need it done right. Check with your contractor to see when you can get worked into the schedule, and set a realistic deadline you both can agree on.
What will an estimated day of work at my home consist of?
Find out how many workers you can expect to have at your home any given day, if you need to be there for them to get the job done, and in what order tasks can be expected to be complete. Full transparency ahead of time will help keep surprises to a minimum during construction.
How will we handle problems that emerge during construction?
Whether a pipe isn’t where it was supposed to be or the siding is on backorder, establish a plan for problem solving ahead of your remodel’s start. Find out who you will contact in case of emergency, and figure out an agreement that works for everyone involved.
Being prepared for your remodel is the best way to ensure you make the most of the construction process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before committing to a contractor, and continue to do so even after the project begins. After all, it is your home and you’ll be the one living there once the crew has packed up and left.
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