When you decide to start on a home improvement project, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, because construction projects are usually complex, costly, and disruptive, you should ask the following questions upfront. The answers will guide you to choose a contractor that is experienced, has the proper paperwork, will give you a fair price, and will minimize inconvenience.
What to Ask Prospective Contractors
Are you licensed and insured?
Local and state governments have different licensing requirements for contractors. Ask to see prospective contractors’ licenses and check the documents to ensure their specializations match your job’s requirements.
Also, ask to see the contractor’s insurance policies to verify that they have both liability and workers’ compensation and ensure that their coverage limits are sufficient to cover your project if anything goes wrong. Otherwise, you may be responsible for paying for damage to your home or for workers injured on the job.
How much will this project cost?
There can be a lot of variation in prices between different contractors for the same job, so get at least three quotes that are as specific as possible. This way, you don’t end up being surprised with demands for more money once the project is underway. Also, ask if the quotes include the costs of any necessary permits and inspections.
What is the timeline?
Since you’ll probably continue living in the house during construction, set clear expectations of how long home renovations should take overall and for particular parts of the house. For example, kitchen remodeling is particularly disruptive since it is a heavily used room. However, once the bottom cabinets, counters, and sink are installed, you can likely use the kitchen intermittently.
How many similar projects have you completed?
Ideally, you want a contractor that has a lot of experience performing similar jobs. This reduces the likelihood of errors, improves the quality of the workmanship, and enables contractors to recognize potential problems. Specifically, ask how many of these types of projects they have finished in the past year to get an idea of their focus and expertise.
Is there a warranty for the work or materials?
Some contractors offer a guarantee or warranty on the quality of their work. Find out what it covers and how long it lasts. Also, some materials may have a manufacturer’s warranty; if so, get a copy.
When planning a home improvement project in or around Capon Bridge, WV, contact the professionals at Hampshire Home Builders. Their expertise, integrity, and focus on customer needs have made many beautiful homes and happy homeowners. Call (304) 856-3875 to speak with a representative, or visit their website to see past projects.