Tips for Hiring a Company for Your Remodel Project

Tips for Hiring a Company for Your Remodel Project

We have all heard the expression, “You get what you pay for,” and this saying is exceedingly relevant when it comes to planning for home improvements or a remodel project. Making a decision based on price alone is risky, as there are so many other things to take into account when deciding who to hire to complete your remodel project. Basing the decision on price alone could actually result in complete failure of the project and higher costs down the road, related to repairing things that were not completed correctly in the first place.

With the proper planning and a knowledgeable and licensed company taking on the task, you can rest assured that the job will be done correctly and at a reasonable cost. Here are some tips in selecting the right company for your remodel project:

  1. Connect with a potential company for the job. Make sure to meet in person and have a conversation where you are able to relay your goals as well as their experience with this type of job. Communication is key for any type of project and meeting in person at first, then remaining in contact by email, phone or text messages is important as well. Allow the workers to focus on their day-to-day tasks, but maybe set up a weekly in person meeting with the project manager to go over progress and any other relevant updates and decisions that may need to be made.
  2. Understand the relationship between price and quality. Ask the project manager for recommendations on how the project should flow from start to finish. Be completely upfront with regard to your budget and carefully consider whether it is worth it to “cut corners” to save money and possibly sacrifice quality. Request a written and detailed quote, which includes all materials, as well as labor costs and proposed timeline.
  3. Understand their qualifications, certifications and other credentials. Prior to hiring anyone to work on your remodel project, make sure you ask about any licenses, certifications and other credentials. It is important to hire a licensed and insured company to do the work in the proper way.
  4. Make sure you get a written contract. Your contract should include time frames, total cost, any payment arrangements that have been negotiated and agreed upon, project description, the company’s license information, names of parties involved in the remodel project and how additional costs will be handled if necessary.