4 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor
Finally have your dream project in mind and ready to contact a custom home remodeler?
This part gets scary. You don’t know the contractor. You’ve heard the horror stories about what can go wrong.
You don’t know those things will happen to you. But, you’d like to have a smooth and pleasant experience, of course.
So, what do you to make sure that happens? Well, you can start by asking the remodelers you’re considering the following questions:
- How Many Projects of This Type Have You Done?
Home remodeling can involve quite a number of different projects. Each has its own intricacies.
A single remodeler can do any type of project. But the more they’ve done of the type of project you have in mind, the more likely everything is to go right, and smooth. You won’t experience project delays, or have to go through negotiations for more money during the middle of the project.
So ask each remodeler you talk to how many projects they’ve done of the type that you’re considering.
- How Much of Their Business Comes from Repeat Customers and Referrals?
Companies that do great work get a large percentage of their business from happy repeat customers and referrals.
Contractors that don’t do so well have to keep looking for new ones and starting new relationships. So, the higher this percentage, the better. Take it with a bit of a grain of salt too because you have no way of verifying the accuracy of the number.
- Do They Have Recent Referrals?
The company you’re considering should be able to offer a list of references in project types that you’re considering. You should be able to contact these references.
Most customers don’t ask for this information. And even fewer actually contact the references. Do both, and you’re setting yourself up for success.
- What’s the Contract Structure?
Remodelers structure contracts a number of different ways. That’s okay. But you have to make sure the contract is appropriate for your project type.
Here’s a few different ways they may charge:
- Time and materials, which is used for smaller projects that are harder to estimate
- Cost plus, which adds the cost of materials and labor, marked up by a percentage for profit
- Fixed price, which is an entire cost of a larger project given before your project begins
Payment schedules should be negotiated based on project progress, and not on time put into the project.
Those are 4 important questions you should ask your remodeling contractors before making your choice. They’ll keep you safe and sound during your relationship.
At JC Custom Remodeling, we can answer all four questions and give you proof! Contact Us today.