When planning a home renovation project, homeowners face a long list of concerns. How much will the project cost? How long will the renovation take? But perhaps the biggest concern is hiring a contractor who is reputable and experienced.
In fact, contracting woes are a top complaint for home renovation projects. A home upgrade is a sound investment.
However, if you choose a contractor that’s not qualified, you may end up paying for subpar work. Even worse, you might have to spend more money fixing their mistakes.
Being homeowners ourselves, we understand the frustration of spending your hard earned money on poor quality work.
Here are a few tips to guarantee you’re hiring the right contractor.
Form a Relationship
When you hire a contractor or design team, you’re hiring a team of people. Depending on the size of your project, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your contractor and their team.
Additionally, if you don’t connect with your building team, the whole project could end up frustrating you.
A design and build team is great to have as you will avoid the gaps in execution process. A Creative Design team and a well-coordinated building team is always an advantage and saves cost.
Also, should you have consultants and architects on board, a design and build teams understand their design details better and can execute them giving attention to minute details.
Research any potential contractor and their team. Examine their social media and online presence. This will help you gauge their social skills. Talk to your potential contractor and trust your gut. It’s important you feel comfortable when hiring a contractor.
Know What You Want
The first step in hiring a contractor is all about you and your home. Be sure to have a plan. Determine what you want, how and why you want to remodel your home.
Having a plan will help you receive an accurate estimate, but you’ll also be able to compare estimates based on specific details.
Essentially, if a contractor isn’t willing to understand your vision during the interview process, it’s a good sign they won’t respect your vision during the renovation project.
Ask Your Friends Before Hiring a Contractor
Before hiring a contractor, ask your friends and family who they recommend. Great villa remodeling contractors will receive positive recommendations.
Ask your family, friends, neighbors and other acquaintances if they have ever worked with a contractor they would recommend.
Asking about their experience not only helps you narrow down your list of contractors, but also will tell you whom to avoid. Knowing which contractors provide outstanding results will help you weed out the contractors you should not be working with.
Look for Online Reviews
Online reviews are extremely helpful. Be sure to check reputable sources, where the reviews are authentic, such as Facebook and Twitter. This will provide a broad range of customer experiences, both positive and negative.
It’s also important to examine how the potential contractor handles a complaint.
Are they cordial and respectful? Do they work to resolve the issue online? Or do they respond in a negative manner? You can expect similar treatment during your potential project.
When Hiring a Contractor – Check their Project Profile
Hiring a contractor can be frustrating. One of the best ways to evaluate their experience is through the work they’ve done in the past. This can help you determine the quality of their work.
Most importantly, project profiles can show if a contractor has successfully completed projects similar to yours.
The right contractor should be willing to share a portfolio showcasing a varied scope of work. At Milestone, we believe in full transparency and happily share our extensive project portfolio online. We’ll even let you take a look at our show villa!
When you review a potential contractor’s portfolio, consider:
- The number of projects in their portfolio.
- The quality of past projects.
- Their actual willingness to share their project portfolio.
- Testimonials they received.
- Clients List – You may find people you know they have worked with.
Look for contractors that have completed projects similar to yours. A potential contractor’s experience in specific areas shows they are capable of doing the same for you.
The contracting experts at Milestone have the skills and expertise to help with all of your contracting needs. From planning and building to procuring permits, we’ve got you covered from start to finish.
Contact a member of our team to schedule a free design consultation.