Tip #1: Ask About Project Specialties
Look for a contractor who specializes in the type of work you need done. Some specialize in interior remodels of kitchens and bathrooms, home additions, or new house construction. Discuss the size and specifications of your home remodel with different contractors to determine if they are suited to the task.
Tip #2: Check Insurance and Permits
Work with a general contractor who has insurance coverage for themselves and all subcontractors in case of an injury or damage to your house. Also, make sure your contractor has met area licensing and bonding requirements. Local governments typically require permits for home improvement projects. It’s important to check that your contractor has obtained these before building begins.
Tip #3: Compare Prices
Get written estimates from a few general contractors. Ask for an estimate that includes costs for all work and materials. Talk to contractors about the other projects they have and how it will affect the planned time frame for your design project. Also, discuss what the payment schedule will be and be weary of any contractor who asks for full payment before the work is done.
Tip #4: Get a Lien Waiver
If your general contractor uses subcontractors for custom work and fails to pay them, you may be on the hook. A lien waiver releases you from responsibility for money owed to subcontractors that work on your building. It guarantees that your general contractor has paid all workers for their construction and repair work.
Tip #5: Check References
Read reviews from previous customers to find out if the contractor is reliable and trustworthy. If other customers say their dream redesigns were completed skillfully and on time, chances are yours will be too.