When you are ready to take on your home remodeling project, there are a lot of things to consider when looking for the right contractor. This list, provided by the National Association of Home Builders, gives a good idea of what to look for and expect in your choice of contractor.
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1. Establish good two way communication with the home remodeler- it is essential to have open communication for a smooth remodel.
2. Make sure you have compatibility and “fit” with the contractor- you’ll spend a lot of time with your contractor so it’s important to have good rapport and trust in them.
3. Set a clear and mutual understanding about the schedule.
4. Request a written proposal – get the proposal in writing to ensure it reflects your wishes.
5. Determine a clear and mutual understanding on the miscellaneous details.
6. Remember to be flexible during the project so you can handle the unexpected and go with the flow.
7. Create a clear and mutual understanding of how change orders will be handled – it is important to understand that changes can affect the schedule and budget. Make sure to get all changes in writing.
8. Agree on a well-written contract that covers all the bases- things such as project timetable, payment schedule, insurance information, permit information, and lien release should all be included in the contract.
9. Ask for a written Lien Waver from the remodeler upon completion of the work- Lien wavers verify that any subcontractors who have been hired have been paid by the remodeler.
10. Establish a project plan that covers all phases and dependencies in the work – hire a remodeler who will plan with you, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions.