Deciding on whether to build a new home or renovating your current home is one of the biggest decisions that you can make in your life.
Not only you’ll have to move out while home renovations are on-going, but this project may cost you a lot of money, especially if you’ve miscalculated your expenses and haven’t prepared for it. In general, there are two types of home renovations: one that is necessary because your home has some areas which needed fixing, and the other one would be a renovation that you want, because you wanted to beautify your home and improve it further.
These two types are almost similar, especially when it comes to choosing the contractors you’d choose for this project. The only difference would be your purpose for renovating, one because it’s needed, and the other one because you’d like to improve and beautify your home, which is completely fine as well.
Regardless of your purpose, it is an important thing that you know who to call and hire during instances like these. If this is your first time hiring a company for home renovations, you might find it a little bit daunting and confusing at first. Some people do their search by checking online and choosing one that is nearest in their area. While this is a smart move, this isn’t the only step that you should take. Remember, the quality of work you’re bound to receive will strongly depend on who you’re about to hire. In addition to which, choosing the wrong contractors may even get you spending more money than what you have budgeted for.
Before you hop into a phone call with a contractor that you feel is right for the job, here are some basic questions you need to ask:
How Long Have They Been Doing Home Renovations?
The number of years they’ve been in the industry is a good indicator that they have the experience that you need. Most of the time, their skills and expertise come from personal experience, and it’s best that they have been doing home renovations for a long period of time.
However, you should also remember to ask them about the techniques they use. What do they do to keep their skills updated? How to they cope up with the changes in technology, including equipment and other materials that are used for these types of projects? Analyse their answers and see how they would handle these questions. Most often than not, you’ll easily gauge how knowledgeable they are in this field by simply asking these two questions.
Do They Have Liability Insurance?
This is one of the most important questions you have to know before any home renovation project starts. It is important that the contractor has liability insurance, so you don’t have to worry about spending money, or have issues asking them to pay for the damages that may have been done while the project is on-going. While these contractors would do their best to ensure that nothing will be broken, accidents may happen regardless of how careful they are. It’s just right to have a backup plan, and this consists of a liability insurance plan.
Do They Have A Portfolio You Can Take A Look At?
Ask your contractors if they have pictures or samples of previous home renovation projects that they did. There are times that they’ll include before and after photos in their website. If they don’t, you can always ask them and they’d be happy to send them to you.
What Are Their Qualifications?
What are the training and seminars the contractors have attended to? Are the up to date with the latest trends? These are important questions to ask to help you determine whether they’re the right company to work on renovating your home.
Remember, if you’re in doubt, always ask them and clear things out. It’s better to get the answer straight from them than make conclusions on your own. Talk to your contractor and see if they can answer some allegations so you’ll know their side as well. It’s better that you hear their explanations rather than hear it coming from someone else.