Thursday, January 7, 2016

Choosing The Right Remodeling Contractor 101

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


If you're a homeowner wanting to undergo a remodel or renovating job on your home, you'll need to know a few things first. Learn more about making that home investment really pay off as a future potential return on your investment (ROI) while enjoying the journey of home improvement experiences as well.

How To Choose A Reliable Contractor

1- Start with the best traditional, conventional way that there is: a word-of-mouth "thumbs up" from your family, neighbors, friends and co-workers. Don't just listen to the positive points of their experiences, listen to their gripes as well. That way, you'll know what you can put up with and what you can't. 

2- Do your research, and take your time. Is the contractor certified, licensed and insured? What is their BBB rating? Don't allow a pressured sales pitch persuade you to do something that you don't want or need. Will a simple knock-down wall project do to create more space, or will you need a full addition? 

3- Create a budget, and stick to it! In addition, create a realistic timeline. Determine what you really want, and how much it's going to cost. Moreover, decide on what you can do without. Remember, numbers add up. At other times, you may even want to splurge a little causing you to go over your own budget.

Now decide on your project schedule. Planning for possible interruptions is part of the territory in a remodeling or room addition project. Taking into consideration any holidays, vacation periods or school schedules, you may have to plan for inconveniences for which you weren't prepared.

The Details

No remodeling or room addition job should begin without all the details written down on paper. Getting the estimated quotes for materials used, starting time and ending dates, labor, prices and taxes is vitally important. Likewise, writing down on paper as to whom gets all the permits, variances and other legal matters in order needs clarifying from the start.

In Fairness To The Contractor

Planning out exactly what you have in mind and sticking with it is only fair to your contractor. You may make some changes along the way, but let your contractor know ahead of time. That way the contractor can make the needed adjustments to your budget and to the projected schedule as well.

Having taken all the above precautions in selecting qualified building contractors, your chances of having a positive remodel experience increases greatly. Foolproof they are not, but you'll be on the right track to making that renovating job well worth it to you and your family. 

39 comments:

  1. And if the contractor has ever been on the show To Catch A Contractor, run away!

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  2. I know nothing about contractors, so this is great!

    I do have one to add. My husband wanted one of the Lego architecture sets, so he could build and rebuild the look his art studio would have in our backyard. Whatever works.

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  3. Budget is a good thing indeed. I'd nee something to remodel first though haha

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  4. These are words to live by. It goes for boat remodels too. We know.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  5. I watch too many HGtv. They always want you to change the budget!!
    But these are really good ideas.
    I wish I could re-model.

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  6. Remodeling is so expensive these days . . . at least in my area. I wanted simple shelves and a new floor in my mud room - literally 5X8 area - and he quoted me $4500. I was supplying the tile too. Just way too much!!

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  7. I'm a new homeowner and these are great tips for me to keep in mind for the future. I have learned from watching others that projects can last longer than expected so you really need to consider things like vacations and holidays carefully!

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  8. I almost always go with word of mouth recommendations from people I trust.

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  9. This is all good information and solid reminder on how to go about finding a quality contractor. We will be looking this spring for someone to renovate our bathroom so I need to start doing my due diligence in finding some options now.

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  10. Oh yes, it is SO important to choose wisely when it comes to choosing a contractor.

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  11. This is so important, one time we got a countertop too short and they blamed us and really made it ugly.

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  12. We are looking into remodeling soon. I want to make some changes.

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  13. I've been thinking about remodeling for the longest time but I don't know where to start. Thanks for the tips, they are definitely helpful. I'll make sure to keep them in mind for when I actually decide to remodel.

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  14. This is great info to have since we are looking at remodeling our house

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  15. Luckily one of our good friends is a remodeling contractor, but I would not know what to do otherwise! And he's busy. We may take referrals from him.
    These are great tips to keep in mind.

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  16. Thanks for these tips, although I am not remodeling, I will be adding a deck this summer.

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  17. Choosing the right contractor can be so scary and stressful. Very helpful tips especially for those of us new to homeownership.

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  18. Boy, is this true. We've had amazing experiences with contractors and terrible experiences contractors. It's so important to do your homework.

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  19. Such a wonderful advice, this could be help and this is really important to have an idea.

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  20. I've heard so many horror stories about bad contractors. Research is super important! We do all of our own work, but sometimes I think it would be nice to just let someone else to it for us!

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  21. We had our basement finished a few years ago and oh my the right contractor is SO critical

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  22. My neighbor had a roofing contractor that really did a shoddy job and it is so important to find a good one.

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  23. Yup agree that it's so important to choose a good contractor who you can trust to use good materials and work within the set deadline! I've heard some really bad stories about horrible contractors!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  24. Great advice. Its so important to find the right contractor for your job. My dad used to be a general contractor. There are LOTS of "duds" in that field so doing your research is crucial!

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  25. These are all great tips. I have done much remodeling since owning my home and I have had some problems as well. This is so important to choose the right company.
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  26. We are remodeling and we are doing it slowly. Right now we are working on the kitchen.

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  27. Remodeling is a major project and we must carefully do our research. Budget, time constraint, and a reliable contractor are things to consider. Thanks for these tips. Although we are not planning on any remodeling as of yet, it is still good to have these information at hand.

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  28. Some very good points in finding a contractor. I think the most inportant
    is to "stick with the plan." One of my son's is a contractor and I hear his dilemma about people wanting to change plans mid -stream. It can just throw a wrench in all the plans. (pun intended) LOL

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  29. These tips are quite helpful. The decision of whichbxontractor to use is crucial to a project's success.

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  30. These all sound like wonderful tips. I wish I was in a position to use them! We live in a rented apartment, and are not allowed to make any changes at all, not even paint on our own. All you people who own your own homes - realize how lucky and blessed you are! I've never lived in a house....just apartments.

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  31. Those are great tips. Definitely do your research, you never know if some of these contractors are insured and licensed.

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  32. There are a lot of shady contractors out there, so it pays to do your research to find the good ones.

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  33. I am not a homeowner but I know that it's so important to do your research on contractors!

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  34. We always go straight to others for their recommendations. If someone had good work done, then surely the contractor will be able to do good work for you too. Same with shotty work :P

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  35. It is always a good idea to do your homework and ask others for recommendations. We had such a nightmare situation, wouldn't wish that on anyone!

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  36. We always have a tough time choosing who to hire when we do different types of remodeling. From the bathroom to the tile. This is a great helpful article!

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  37. Picking a good contractor is soo important! It's a tough decision too! Great post!

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  38. I had problems with contractors twice. It should be carefully informed choice. A renovating often tooks over the budget.

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  39. That's why word of mouth, recommendations are so important when it comes to spending lots of money on a remodel. We are lucky we have a guy that we've been working with for our house remodeling for years now.

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