Finding the Right Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Simply because a bathroom is generally a reasonably small area does not necessarily mean remodeling it is going to be easy. With the advanced of skills involved — like plumbing, electrical, and tiling — you will possibly benefit from the guidance of a contractor. And a contractor can actually help you save money over the long run by averting costly errors.
A contractor handles the construction work necessary for you to have your dream bathroom — checking the drawings and specifications and drafting a cost estimate for you and your architect/designer. The contractor may or may not hire subcontractors to do part or all of the project. With minor projects, you might not have to hire a professional designer and just work directly with your contractor. On the other hand, a design-build contractor can manage both the design and construction, therefore simplifying the process and ensuring you keep your budget.
To find a reputable contractor, ask family, friends or neighbors for references, go to home shows or home tours, or research online. Select a firm with a long and positive business history in your area and one who has experience with your project type and style. Most importantly, go for someone you can trust.
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These are some of the most important things to be expected from your contractor:
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Complete and Clear Contract
The contract details the inclusions of the project. It must contain:
– all materials they will used
– a correct description of what the contractor must do, such as cleaning up the area at the end of the work day and protecting personal property at the place
– start date and completion dates
– the overall price, payment terms, and cancellation policies
– workmanship and material warranties for no less than a year
Lay down worker behavior expectations with your preferred contractor before the start of the project. For instance, are you fine with smoking at the work site? Is any type of music okay, and what is the maximum volume acceptable to you? Ask about their usual work schedules so you will know when to expect them at the site. Try putting up a message board at the work site where you and your contractor can write questions and feedback. Have a regular schedule for project meetings where you can talk about the development of your project.
Before paying off your balance, walk through your finished bathroom with the contractor and talk about whatever still needs to be completed or changed. No, this isn’t a favor you’re asking them. It’s part of their job to ensure that you are happy with the final result. In fact, you should never pay them in full until you are one hundred percent satisfied.