Tips for Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
DIY is nice if you know exactly what you’re doing. If not, don’t ever begin with bathroom installations. Hire an expert, and be sure to choose a good one.
First off, check around with family and friends, colleagues and neighbors, asking if they’ve hired a bathroom remodeling contractor in the past two years. If possible, take a look at the actual work that was performed. Or at least go through some photos of the project before and after it was completed. Then get contact details of no less than three prospective contractors.
Another great way to find prospects is to visit trusted home project referrals websites like Yelp or Angie’s List. You will probably find here several bathroom remodeling contractors who are servicing your area. You will find reviews of their work, including photos, and be able to learn more about their skills and experience, as well as their on-the-job performance. Of course, you’ll also be to find contact information.
Arranging a Meeting
Ring no less than three of them – if you can, make it up to five – and arrange an in-person appointment with each one of them. You can invite them over to the property, although you can wait for the second meeting (if you think there should be one) to do this. Besides, you’ll likely eliminate at least one of these prospects after the first, for whatever reason. In any case, make it a point to ask all the important questions when you meet them. Very importantly, if you somehow get a bad feeling while talking to a bathroom remodeling contractor, don’t just shrug it off! Very importantly, if you find something about a bathroom remodeling contractor that seems uncomfortable to you, don’t just ignore it. Never ever shun red flags.
Questions to Ask
1. Are you going to give me an estimate?
Actually, you shouldn’t even be asking for an estimate. Insist that they give you one!Insist on getting one!Make them give you one! And if should be as detailed as possible, including the individual price of every material that will be used, and of course, labor costs.
2. Do you have insurance?
Actually, this is more of a question of whether they have the right insurance. When it comes to bathroom remodeling contractors, you should expect them to carry property damage, workers’ compensation, and personal liability insurance.
3. Can you show me before and after photos of some of your most recent work, along with client references?
4. Do you subcontract? (If so, check these people out too.)
5. How do you typically handle the cleanup (make sure this is done during the job and after)?
Listen to the contractors’ answers to the above questions, and from there, you can trim down your choices to one. Make sure not to skip any of the above questions, and, again, trust your gut.