How to Choose a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Nowadays, people seem to be too busy for chores around the house. As soon as the work week is done, most are tired to do anything but while their time away with family and friends. Keeping the home nice and clean is usually laborious enough, but what about when the bathroom actually needs remodeling?
If you’re a busybee who has no time to do a bathroom remodeling project – you have to be an expert to do it right anyway – find yourself a reputable bathroom remodeling contractor. In most cities, you will have plenty of choices, and it can get overwhelming in the beginning. Of course, you can’t just hire anyone. You have to do some research, which is sometimes the most challenging part. How to start?
Nothing’s probably easier, not to mention more effective, than asking for personal referrals from people you trust. Family members, friends, colleagues – surely, some of them have hired a bathroom remodeling contractor before. Ask them if they are happy to recommend that contractor that they’ve used, and if they would hire them again for a future project. Another way to look for bathroom remodeling contractors is approaching home improvement stores in your area and asking for recommendations.
Of course, you can also check online, but make sure you read reviews first. And when reading reviews, stick to popular third-party consumer websites. Marketing websites and some other shady places on the Internet are naturally full of misleading, if not totally fake reviews that are a complete waste of your time.
Once you have a list of prospects, call them each and have them come over to your place to give an accurate estimate. Ask them how long they’ve been in the trade. While there are many new and promising contractors out there, you’re more likely never to go wrong with an experienced one.
When discussing costs with your prospects, see if they want you to pay the full bill upfront. Of course, you wouldn’t want to do this and should be looking for someone else to do your project. Understandably, a good contractor will ask for a deposit, which will usually cover the cost of the materials to be used.
Finally, when the project is done and it is to your full satisfaction, you are obviously expected to pay the rest of the bill. Don’t hesitate to insist on changes if there’s something they did that you don’t like. This is part of their job, and reputable contractors always know that.
At the end of the day, you’ll want to hire a bathroom remodeling contractor who is not only technically excellent, but also jives well with your personality. Remember, you will be spending quite some time with this person or team. The better you get along, the better the outcome will likely be.
Finally, take time to compare at least two or three contractors instead of just focusing on one at a time. If you don’t compare, there is no way of telling which of them is the best for you.