In the course of maintaining your home, you will most likely need repairs or improvements that require professional help, and you’ll need to call in a contractor.
These suggestions can help make sure the relationship with your contractor — and the renovation project — goes smoothly.
Know What You Want
Describe the work you want in writing, being as specific as possible. Consider working with a professional to help develop plans and specifications.
Consider the Lifecycle Costs of Materials and Appliances
Compare materials not only in terms of the initial purchase and installation costs, but also by how much it costs to maintain them and how long they will last. For example, hardwood flooring may be more expensive, but it would have a longer lifespan than carpet.
Talk to friends or check with your local homebuilders association for reliable contractors. Ask for references and check with the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been filed against a contractor or contracting company.
Bid the Job Competitively
Have at least three contractors compete for the work. Make sure they provide you with firm estimates. Ask about hourly rates for any extra work that may occur.
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