Know What You Want Ahead of Time
It is essential to plan and have a good idea of what you want. Choose materials early on. Your contractor can be an excellent resource for comparing materials if you are not sure what would be best. For instance, if you are having a new roof installed, ask your roofer to help you compare the different types of shingles. Many contractors have inside knowledge on the latest products and materials. Roland Gonzales of Roland’s Roofing in San Antonio, explains that their employees always “stay ahead of the curve by taking classes” to help their customers choose the best roof for their home. Knowing what you want ahead of time can reduce the likelihood of delays later on.
Remember, You Get What You Pay for
Although almost everyone has heard of this expression, many people ignore it when deciding upon a contractor. Choosing a contractor based on price alone can increase the risk of a project that you are not happy with. It can also lead to higher costs down the road when the work is not done right. Unless you want to end up with a project similar to one of these featured in Good Housekeeping, it is best to look not only at price when choosing a contractor but to consider other factors, such as their references, record with the Better Business Bureau and experience doing similar projects. Also, do not cut corners on materials. Insisting on cheap, low-quality materials will also come back to bite you later when they fail.
Visit One of Their Current Job Sites
If possible, when evaluating contractors, drop by one of their job sites. If they are doing roofing, check to make sure that the worksite is clean and organised. Ensure that they are taking measures to keep everyone safe on the job site and that they are not disruptive to the community.
A Contract Is a Must
According to NOLO, it is essential to have a written contract whenever doing any remodelling, even if the job is a small one. The following information should be included in the contract:
- Contractor’s name and business information
- Description of the project-Be detailed and include materials used and labour required
- Timeline-when the project will start and end
- The total cost of the project-include the down payment amount and payment schedule
- Additional instructions
- Responsibility to obtain licensure, insurance and special permits-indicate that the contractor will be responsible for these things
- Release of a liability-a clause that states that contractor will not sue you if they injure themselves on the job
- Include a clause that states that all changes to the contract will be made in writing
- Communicate With Your Contractor
If you have questions about something or feel that the project is not turning out how you envisioned, let the contractor know. Come up with solutions. Be clear and specific so that they can effectively deal with the issue.