Choosing the right contractor to remodel your Estero home is a big deal. There are a lot of choices out there, so how do you go about selecting the right one? Here is some help in interviewing potential candidates so that you end up with the right one for your situation.
A big part of selecting the right contractor begins with asking the right questions of the remodelers you’re considering using. Unfortunately, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) a lot of homeowners stop short in the interview process and restrict their questions to ones such as:
- How much will the job cost per square foot?
- When can you begin?
- What time will you be here each morning?
- How late will you work each day?
- Will you be done before _______________ (insert your favorite major family event or holiday here)?
While there’s nothing wrong with those questions, they really don’t reveal enough about the individuals who will be spending weeks inside your home and charging you a pretty penny for their work. In order to select the right remodeler you need more specific information. Here are a few additional questions you should ask to ensure you end up working with the contractor that’s right for you:
- How long have you been in business?
- Who will be working on the project (Are they employees or subcontractors)?
- Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance? (Always verify this information by calling the agency.)
- How many remodeling projects of a similar nature have you completed in the past 12 months?
- Will you provide me with a list of references from those projects?
- What do your other customers say about working with you?
- Will you give me a list of business referrals or suppliers?
- What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business?
- Are you a member of a national trade association?
- Do you have special training/education/certification (i.e. professional affiliations)?
If you want a remodeler who will work hard for you and who has the skills, experience, and resources to deliver the quality you expect, you’ll need to do a little bit of work yourself—before the project begins. By doing your homework and due diligence ahead of time, you’ll end up with the results you want!