11 Tips for Working with Contractors on a Home Renovation

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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.

Shop Around

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.

To learn more about working with contractors and the home buying process, visit the SCOOP! Blog

 

Comments (3)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Always be nice and always offer relief or some kind of a break. I love my number one rule

Dec 07, 2021 10:30 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Great points made, trating them cordial is so important.  We made it to hump day, have a productive one.  Thanks again for your Blog. bill

Dec 08, 2021 04:56 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree. They can be a lot of moving parts with with a lot of different personalities but you hit the nail on the head, no pun intended or maybe a little bit of a pun intended

Dec 19, 2021 08:59 PM