by Tom Reilly, Principal & CEO, RENOVATIONS
If you are contemplating a remodel, cut this article out and save it.
The project you are thinking about could be a kitchen or bath remodel, a room addition, an outdoor living space or even a complete makeover. The process for laying the ground work is the same. The key is planning.
Begin by taking a few moments to briefly write down the remodeling project you want to do and why. Next, you should select a remodeling professional. This will take some research on your part.
If you want or need design assistance, most professional remodelers either have in-house designers or are affiliated with a designer.
Selecting a contractor could also take some work. If your friends don’t have a recommendation, then a trusted referral network might be helpful. Visit the contractor’s website. Is his or her ROC license displayed? If not, move on. Contractors should be in business for a minimum of five years and have a clean record.
Now check out the contractor’s work and testimonials. Conduct an interview.
Some questions to ask:
- What is your process?
- This is the step-by-step procedure the contractor will lead you through.
- How does the communication system work? Is it 24/7?
- Good, consistent communication is a major component, if not the most important part of any remodeler’s system.
- Who recommends this person/company?
Get at least five, if not more, references for people who they have worked for and completed projects like the one you are contemplating. And make the calls!
After you have done this, one of the five will have likely risen to the top.
- What are the contract specifics?
A detailed written scope of the work outlining the project and its components is a must. This can be in conjunction with detailed drawings of the project.
- What is the work schedule?
- What is the payment schedule?
- Where is the termination clause should the project go poorly?
Ask for and get copies of insurance certificates.
Obtain details of all closeout documents you can expect. This should include warranties, product operation manuals, contractor’s warranty (a two-year minimum is required by law, but Renovations offers a five-year warranty).
Hopefully you will enjoy the process and the results of a successful remodel.