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What to Look for in a Home Renovation Company

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There are no shortage of home renovation shows on television; in fact, there are more than a few dedicated only to fixing botched renovations.  When it comes to a home project, you should never underestimate the importance of finding a reputable, qualified, and skilled home renovation company.  Indeed, ensuring that your project is not only completed on time and on budget, but also to your vision, you want to find an excellent contractor.  So, what should you look for in a home renovation company?

First and foremost, before you even think of contacting potential candidates, you need to be very clear about your goals.  Are you making aesthetic changes only, or are you envisioning more significant structural changes as well?  What room or rooms are you planning on renovating?  What is your budget and ideal timelines?  Ultimately, answering some of the basic questions for yourself will help you find the ideal contractor much more easily.

As it turns out, there are likely a wide range of potential home renovation contractors serving your community, so identifying your own goals will help you find a professional that can meet your specific needs.  You should try to find one company to manage the whole project from the planning and design phases to sourcing appropriate labour, sub-contractors, and ultimately the project construction.  Working with a single contractor to manage and organize the entire project will ease the burden and help to ensure the project moves along in a timely fashion.

Once you’ve identified a few home renovation contractors with the skills and experience you require, you’ll need to start vetting your options.  First, start by reviewing their portfolios.  You’ll get an idea of the quality of their work but also their style, design, and overall experience.  When you’re looking at these portfolios, also ask for some references from past clients so you can verify the quality and cost of the work being done.  You might even get a list of qualified home renovation experts from friends, family, or colleagues – there’s no better reference than one from a trusted friend.

At this point, you should have narrowed your search to two or maybe three renovators, and it’s time to ask for estimates.  You should be very clear with the contractor about what you want to achieve in your home renovation project.  Make a detailed list of all the changes or updates you want to see so that there are no surprises that will ultimately impact the budget at a later point.

Finally, make sure you can easily contact your renovation specialist and that communication is easy and respectful.  Depending on the scope of your project, you could be working with this home renovation contractor for weeks or even months.  If you cannot easily work with this individual, your project is sure to be stressful.  Once you feel you’ve ticked all the boxes, make sure to develop a detailed, written contract that includes payment schedules, overall budgets, and timelines.

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