When done with care and caution, projects for home improvement and remodeling add value to your home. But if you have already participated in such a project, I am sure you will agree that it is really difficult. The most important part of the job is finding a contractor who can continue the work in a transparent and efficient way. Here are some points to help you find the right contractor:
1) Ask for references: If you hired an architect to design and supervise the remodeling, he can help you evaluate the contractor's qualifications and check his claims on past performance. Architects work in tandem with contractors during home remodeling projects, and since they are a good source for asking for referrals. You can also request referrals from friends and family; preferably someone who has completed a house project in the last year. Their experience with the entrepreneur can help you find the right professional.
2) Powers: To ensure that the contractor is registered and has the required licenses from various state and local agencies to undertake the remodeling of the house. A licensed construction company ensures that its employees are protected under the Workers' Compensation Act, which protects you from liability in the event of a problem. Make sure to check the contractor attestation issued by the authority or the city contractor's board of directors and the liability insurance certificate. The reputable contractors usually provide these details without asking.
3) Check references: The Internet is an excellent source to help you find a contractor of your choice. People are honest about their experiences and give candid comments about the work. There are many sites that provide information and comments about entrepreneurs. Of course, word of mouth is always the best source, but if you run out of time, it's ideal. Beside, you can always check with the Business Ethics Office to find out if there are any complaints lodged against the general contractor.
4) Get Written Estimates: Professional contractors provide a written estimate of work, which allows you to compare different quotes. And these quotes are always complete to include the cost of raw materials, service charges and other miscellaneous fees. Make sure you get a quote from at least 3 contractors.
5) Interviewing Prospecting Contractors: Once you have drawn up a list of potential entrepreneurs after checking their references, quotes and experiences, make sure to set up a meeting where you can discuss the details of the project.