Spring is here and most of us are getting ready for spring clean up. Some of us may want to do a long awaited remodeling project for our house. Avoiding scams when hiring a contractor. Here are few tips from the National Association Remodeling Industry.
* Check references. Look at photos of past projects to determine quality of service and products.
* Make sure the contractor has insurance. Request a copy of the certificate or get the carrier's name and inquire directly yourself.
* Compare estimates. Make sure they all cover the same scope of job. Beware of the cheap estimates that fall far below the others. You may not receive the quality results that you're looking for.
Such projects require a certain level of trust as virtual strangers move in to take over a portion of your home for a period of two or three months. Make sure you have a relationship with that contractor before you ever start.
Unless you have cash set aside to pay for it. Financing also plays an important part of your remodeling. Make sure you do your homework carefully. Take advantage of the presently low mortgage interest rate. You can refinance your mortgage with cash out to pay for it. Or you can also take out a home equity loan or line of credit. Depending on your financial situations, and what is offering at your local financial institutions.
Minor kitchens and bathrooms remodeling could recover up to 70 to 75% of costs depending the geographical areas in the country.