Before talking to any contractors the first thing to do is create a budget for your project. Without a budget you will be flying blind and may end up over spending. Having a tight budget will also help you make decisions about what kind of fixtures, and materials to buy. Most products have a wide price range and having a budget will help keep you in line when making buying decisions.
As soon as you’ve got your budget in get three written quotes from three different builders. Be sure the quote is complete; obtaining a”composed” quote on the back of a business card isn’t a sign of a great contractor. Getting three estimates will let you compare prices from other contractors. Take the time to speak with each contractor and get a sense of which one you’ll be comfortable working with and getting in your dwelling. Be sure and listen to things like who shows up on time and who’s ready to discuss your project. If a contractor shows up late to your appointment chances are they’ll appear late when working on your job.
While you’re in the process of choosing a contractor it’s a fantastic idea to be certain they have the correct permit, insurance, and bonding. All three of these things are set up to protect homeowners. Working with a contractor who is not licensed or does not have the correct insurance might return to haunt you. A good contractor will show you copies of those documents when they present your written quote.
The next step is to check the references of the contractor you’re leaning towards selecting. Make certain to ask certain questions about their experience with the contractor. “Did the contractor appear on time?” “Can the contractor clean up after themselves?” If you wish to be more competitive you can ask the contractor for the names and amounts of the last few jobs and call those rather than their handpicked references. This will offer a more realistic summary of the contractors daily work habits and abilities.
The final step is to choose your builder and have them provide you a deadline for the completion of this project. Having a deadline will help ensure your project is completed in a timely fashion.