Picking the right contractor for your next home improvement

Remodeling projects for your home can be as intimidating as they are rewarding.  Having the right team to get the job done can make a huge difference.  Building your team starts by determining what kinds of professionals you will need.

While small jobs only require trade specialists such as a plumbing contractor or an electrical contractor, larger projects may require architects, general contractors, interior designers…or all of the above.

Whatever the case may be, we have put together a short list to help you begin with more confidence.  Here are five helpful topics to help screen prospective contractors:

1: Check your contractors experience & credentials.  Look up your contractor online at: http://www.cslb.ca.gov and see if they are licensed.  You can also find out how long they have been licensed as well as a list of any complaints against them.

2: Ask for referrals.  Most contractors have references available.  It’s to your advantage to take the time to call the references and ask them questions about quality of workmanship, communication and dependability.

3:  See their work!  Most contractors are proud of their work and often have photos of recent jobs completed.  Looking through photos will provide insight as to what you can expect.  consider visiting recent and older projects to view the craftsmanship and durability of work done.

4:  Discuss the process.  Almost always…homeowners live at the job site.  Discussing things like safety, security and access to your home – all have value for the upcoming project. Remember, some contractors work alone, while others have crews.  Getting clarity on this upfront will help you in feeling more comfortable during construction.

5:  Establish trust.  A contractor with a detailed, specific plan is important, but you should also rely on your ‘gut’ that you could trust someone with a project of this magnitude.  Being comfortable with your contractor is very important.  Is the contractor listening to your requests and providing feedback?  How hard is it to reach your contractor? If there are construction delays…how will they handle it?

As a real estate broker, I appreciate the efforts my clients make to improve their homes…for both their current enjoyment and the added value it adds when the sell.

Hopefully the items listed above will help you in your search for the right contractor.  If you have any feedback or suggestions for a future article, please reply to my blog or email me at scott@mycvre.com

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