Finding a Good Contractor
Finding a good contractor can seem about as elusive as finding a four-leaf clover. After all, there are some real horror stories out there. So once you’ve decided to remodel part of your home, how do you go about finding the right contractor for the job?
PHONE A FRIEND
Most likely you know someone who has done some sort of home remodel. Friends, neighbors, coworkers are all good people to ask. Start with people who have had the same kind of remodel – kitchen, master bath, basement, etc. If you can’t find someone who has already been through the same kind of remodel you’re look at, don’t despair. They can still give you great feedback on their experience with the contractor.
If you can’t find a referral from friends or family, harness the power of the internet! Search review sites, potential contractor’s websites, social networks, etc. There’s a lot of information out there to help you find the right one for the job.
If you come across a contractor’s website that you like, give them a call.
WHAT TO ASK & SPOTTING RED FLAGS
Is the contractor licensed and insured? For work over $2,500, the State of Georgia requires contractors be licensed and insured. For jobs less than $2,500, the contractor doesn’t need to have these, so you’ll need to be aware of how much your remodel will cost. If it’s over $2,500, find someone who is.
Red Flag – Licenses and insurance are requirements to obtain permits, especially if there’s electrical and plumbing involved. If you’re going to move a sink, add a toilet or move around outlets, and your contractor is telling you that no permit is needed – that’s a big red flag.
When are you available? Contractors have busy seasons too. If you’re looking to start your remodel ASAP, be sure to check the availability of your potential contractor.
Red Flag: If you’re not comfortable with the projected start date or overall timeline estimate given by the contractor feel free look elsewhere. There is no reason to start feeling disgruntled about the pace.
What kind of experience do you have? If you’re looking to do a kitchen remodel, you want a contractor who has done a kitchen remodel before. But take the question a step further and ask about the scale of the jobs they’ve done. Some contractors have better capacity for handling large jobs because that’s the bulk of their business.
Red Flag – Look out for the overzealous handyman. Sure, he might have an attractive price point, but he’s not going to be able to handle bigger jobs.
In just a couple of questions, you can start to get a feel for whether or not this may be the contractor for you.
OUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
At Keystone Remodeling, we have been successful, so we can tell you what factors have led to that for us. We have a solid performance track record, great communication, accurate budgeting and reliable timelines. We’re really proud of those, and work hard to maintain that reputation.
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or basement feel free to give us at Keystone Remodeling a call. We will be happy to talk with you about your remodel and answer whatever questions you may have