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Hiring a Renovation Company

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Home renovations can have a huge impact on the value and appearance of your home.  They are exciting projects that many homeowners dream of, but they can also bring a lot of stress and uncertainty.  As such, it is important to always work with the most qualified professionals.  So, when you are hiring a renovation company, due diligence can go a long way to ensuring your entire home renovation unfolds efficiently.  So, how do you go about hiring a renovation company?  Let’s take a look at some tried and tested tips that will help you find the right company for your needs.

Seek Advice

Friends, family, and coworkers are often a gold mine for recommendations for renovation companies.  When you approach companies based on recommendations, you enter your interactions with a lot of background knowledge about how that company operates and communicates.  You also get a sense of the quality of their work, their ability to stay on schedule and on budget, and their flexibility in working with people with unique needs.

Go to the Source

Recommendations are just the first step in shortlisting potential renovation companies.  You also want to speak to your top renovation professionals to make sure they have experience with similar projects, but also that they are a good match overall.  For example, you obviously want to know if your contractor has experience with projects of a similar size and scope, but also when they are available to start your project.  You can also ask about their relationships with their subcontractors, and wither they are fully insured and bonded.  You can even ask for more references so that you can speak to past clients about their experiences working with the renovation company.  The more information you have about your contractor, the more likely you are to establish a good working relationship.

Gather the Information

If you received references from contractors, contact the references.  Ask about budgets, schedules, communication styles and anything you think is important to you.  You can even ask potential contractors if you can have a site visit to get a clearer picture of how they run a work site.

Ask for Bids

Finally, before selecting a contractor, ask for a variety of bids.  Usually, you don’t want to choose the cheapest or more expensive bid (unless of course you’ve already established a great rapport and everything looks like it’ll be a great match).  Collecting bids also gives you a better idea of what your project should cost – any bid that is extremely high or extremely low is a red flag.

Remember that you might be working with your renovation company for weeks or even months, so it is incredibly important to carefully select your contractor.  Research and effort in advance can save you time and money in the long run.

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