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Tips for hiring a remodeling contractor
By Joni Ribera, Let's Talk Real Estate
About a year ago, we did a major remodel to our home.
We actually took a small home built in 1941, gutted it and added a second story. We acted as our own general contractors, and let me tell you, I had no idea what this really meant and how much work it was.
From picking out doorknobs, sinks, lighting, molding, paint and toilets, I did it all. The project was under construction for almost six months. I learned a lot and thought I would share with you about hiring contractors.
With the cost of homes now, many of us are just updating, remodeling and staying put. It was way more work than I had expected. I am happy it is done; we love our new home.
Should you decide to go this route and have any questions, dont hesitate to contact me. I am happy to give you whatever tips I can.
12 tips for hiring a remodeling contractor
Get at least three written estimates.
Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.
Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
Make as small of a down payment as possible so you wont lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses and insurance.
Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isnt. Also, remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
Ask if the contractors workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved.
Get the contractor to indemnify you if work doesnt meet local building codes or regulations.
Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.
Dont make the final payment until youre satisfied with the work.
Federal Way real estate agent Joni Ribera: (253) 632-5779 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit www.JoniRibera.com.