Whether you are building an addition, remodeling a kitchen, bath or basement, or simply installing new windows or siding, below are a few guidelines that can help you obtain the most value in the final product.
- Consider using a full-service design/build firm that specializes in residential remodeling. They are best suited to take into account all of the project requirements in the planning stage and smoothly coordinate the required trades-people during construction. If you already have an architect on board, a design/build firm’s experience will prove invaluable in executing your plans.
- Ask for at least six or more references, and inquire with local building inspectors, the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau and on-line listing services such as ServiceMagic.com as to the contractor’s reputation.
- Criteria for contractors should include creativity, quality, timeliness and good communication.
- Verify # of years in business, licenses, workman’s compensation and liability insurance.
- Contracts should be thorough, include detailed pricing with allowances and follow state law.
- Payment plans should always track the progress of the job.
- The contractor should pull all of the necessary permits.