Given today’s economy, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel the homes they already enjoy instead of incurring the costs, hassles and risks associated with moving.
So, what’s the best way to find a reliable resource for your remodeling project? Here are some tips to help you make the right decision.
Referrals from friends and neighbors are a great place to start. In addition, you should check online sites that allow customers to share their experiences and rate the contractors they’ve used. Check out sites that are not paid for by contractors such as local.com, merchantcircle.com or Angie’s List.
Conduct a Background Check
While this may seem a little dramatic, you could potentially kick yourself for not doing so. Most states require that contractors be licensed, and Minnesota is no exception. Verify with the state that your contractor has a valid license and check their standing with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).
Request a Written Bid
Never start a remodeling project until your contractor has provided you with a written estimate. Make sure this includes a level of detail you’re comfortable with and that you clearly understand everything it contains. If you have concerns, ask as many questions as it takes to get clarification.
Be Prepared for Changes
It’s very common to want to make changes to your plan once your project is underway. There may be unexpected surprises within the home, or you might choose upgrades after you’ve started. Whatever the case, you should pad your budget a little so that changes don’t catch you off guard.
In general, a good contractor should be receptive to your input. Your remodeling project can (and should) run smoothly, so don’t hesitate to voice any concerns along the way.