The ultimate guide to hiring a contractor when renovating a house

Whether you’re remodelling a single room or the entire house, renovating is a significant undertaking. You may be able to complete the majority of the work yourself if you are simply upgrading a few fixtures or surfaces, or you may need to hire specialized professionals for jobs like tiling or installing cabinetry.

However, if the job calls for a total renovation of the space, spending more money to hire a general contractor can be worthwhile. Contractors can coordinate all the required permits, inspections, labour, equipment, and materials as they are professionals in building and remodelling projects, ensuring that your renovation goes off without a hitch. Finding a trustworthy contractor who can complete your project with accuracy and efficiency is the key. Make your remodel a success with these tips on how to find the right contractor.

1. Know what you want

The first step in hiring a contractor is to clearly define what you want remodelling to achieve. Are you simply wanting to upgrade a few fixtures? Do you want the walls to be painted, the floors remodelled, or will you be looking at replacing windows, doors and walls? A simple goal of “I want more space” is not enough information for a contractor. The more detailed your request, the easier it will be for the contractor.

2. Ask around for recommendations

You should start by asking for recommendations from friends, family, and acquaintances. They are often more familiar with local contractors than you will be, so listen to what they have to say. You can also talk with a building inspector, who’ll know which home renovation contractors routinely meet code requirements.

3. Get quotes from several contractors

Once you have found a few names, get quotes for the project. The best way to do this is by asking for a binding quote, which will be guaranteed by the contractor if the project goes over budget. Make sure that you ask about everything included in the quote, and don’t rush into choosing a contractor until you are reasonably satisfied with all quotes.

4. Check references

You should talk with several of your potential contractors’ previous clients and references to ensure that they are fully capable of fulfilling your goals. Ask them questions like “how much did they charge?” and “how many similar jobs have they completed?”. If you get a bad referral, don’t take it lightly.

5. Set up an in-person meeting

Choose three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further conversation. A contractor should be able to answer your inquiries in a way that is both satisfactory and comforting. Since this individual will be in your home for extended periods of time, it’s critical that you two communicate effectively.

6. Be aware of contract details

Before hiring a contractor, make sure you go over the contract. Contracts should be specific about how the money will be handled, what happens if the contractor is unable to complete the job to your specifications, and what happens if you aren’t satisfied with the work completed by the contractor. Insisting on a clear contract isn’t about mistrust, it’s about ensuring a successful renovation.

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