Questions to Ask Your Home Renovation Services Contractor
When you are getting ready for a home renovation, it pays to ask a lot of questions. Giving your home a much-needed facelift can be incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately there are less than reputable contractors out there. Asking the right questions of your home renovation services contractor can help protect you from fraud and shoddy workmanship while also increasing the likelihood that you will be satisfied with the end result.
Here are a few questions, you should be asking your home renovation services contractor before signing a contract.
1. How long have you been in business?
Every company has growing pains and home renovation services companies are no exception. Choosing a company that has been in business for many years, means you are likely choosing a company that has worked out many of its kinks. If you really want to work with a newer company, it might be wise to have them complete a smaller project first to see how they do.
2. May I see your contracting license and insurance certificate?
Before you allow any contractor to do work on your home, you should make sure that they are licensed and insured to do the specific type of work that you are contracting them to do. For example, just because a contractor is licensed for carpentry doesn’t mean they are licensed for roofing.
3. What is the timeline for completing the project?
Especially if the home renovation is going to disrupt your own schedule, it is important to know the expected timeline. Ask your contractor how long the job will take and how any potential delays will be addressed. Be sure to get this in writing.
4. What is the payment schedule?
A reputable home renovation services contractor shouldn’t ask you to pay for everything up front, but they will require regular payments to fund the project. Before the renovation begins, you need to discuss the payment terms with your contractor so you will know how much is due and when.
5. How will you protect my property?
Home renovations are frequently messy and they have the potential to damage certain property if proper care is not taken. It is important therefore to ensure that your contractor will take appropriate steps to protect your property. This can including using tarps to cover furniture; having the workers wear shoe coverings; or recommending the homeowner move certain items before work commences.
6. What kind of warranty do you offer on this type of work?
Most home renovations services contractors offer some type of warranty. It is important to know what the warranty covers and how long it is good for. Be sure to request a written copy of this warranty before the work begins.
As a homeowner, you should never be afraid to ask questions of your home renovation services contractor. Asking these – and any other questions you may have – is an important part of the process to ensure that you are satisfied with the work.
If you are considering a home renovation, contact Superior Construction today. We are always happy to answer your questions!