How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor: 4 Questions Your Contractor
Wishes You’d Ask
Wondering what to ask when you’re hiring a remodeling contractor? Whether your home renovation goals are an entirely new first floor or simply a more modern master bath, it’s almost always in your best interest to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Even the seemingly smallest renovation project often requires more time, experience, and expertise than the average homeowner realizes — and far more than most homeowners have! Below, we offer our top four tips for things to ask before hiring a remodeling contractor.
How many jobs like this have you done?
When hiring a remodeling contractor, doing your homework is critical before signing any paperwork (bonus pro tip: once you’ve found your remodeling contractor, make sure to get every last detail in writing). One of the most important questions you can — and should — ask your prospective contractor is what experience they have with projects like yours. After all, the contractor who did a phenomenal job with your cousin’s new garage may be completely wrong for your ambitious kitchen project — and a good contractor will tell you when something is outside their realm of expertise. Alongside this, consider also asking what kinds of special certifications and licenses they hold (e.g., LEED certification).
How are change orders managed? (And what happens when something runs over budget?)
If you’ve ever watched more than thirty seconds of HGTV, you already know that the bigger the renovation project, the more likely it is that something unexpected will happen — and more often than not, will impact your projected budget. While there’s no accounting for every potential surprise, an experienced contractor will know what common diversions happen in a given project and should have a procedure in place for dealing with them (after all, there’s no way you’re the first person to find mold behind their old bathroom tiles).
Do you have a dedicated team for this project?
While this may seem like an odd question at first, consider the realities of hiring a contractor and having your home remodeled. This is a team of people who will be in and out of your home for potentially weeks on end. If you’re not comfortable with a revolving door of sub-contractors in your space, make sure you confirm a guest list with your project manager before they’re taking a sledgehammer to your cabinets.
What kind of insurance and workers’ safety measures do you have in place?
Depending on where you’re located, small businesses like remodeling contractors aren’t required to carry workers’ compensation or have liability insurance coverage beyond a minimum. While the risk of injury shouldn’t be high with an experienced team, any time someone on your property is injured without proper liability insurance coverage, you can be held liable. Always ask to see copies of your contractors’ insurance certificates.
If you’re considering a remodeling project or in the process of hiring a contractor, reach out to Perimeter Remodeling for a free consultation today! Our contractors are fully licensed, insured, and come with decades of experience on all kinds of renovations in the Atlanta area.