Getting your home remodeled could add value to your house should you decide to sell it. Remodeling can also add a lot of comfort and convenience for your family. Yet if you’re not careful, the remodeling project could turn into a big headache, and you could waste a lot of money too. Fortunately, Pasqualino Spadorcia believes that by asking the right questions now you can avoid a lot of headaches later.
“One great question to start with is to ask if they’ve handled a similar project in the past,” home contractor Pasqualino Spadorcia says. “Ask for pictures too. Remodeling a kitchen is quite a bit different than remodeling a bathroom.”
Of course, past performance can’t guarantee future results. That said, a long track record may suggest that the contractors are reliable. You should take some time to look for online reviews as well to see if past customers have anything to say.
You also need to make sure that the remodeling company has any relevant licensing, and that it is bonded and insured. Requirements vary from state to state, so you’ll want to research the requirements in your area. General liability insurance is typically needed to project against worksite injuries and the like.
It’s also wise to ask for references, including past clients. Talking with a past client can help set expectations and shows that you, the homeowner, are going to be attentive.
“It’s smart to ask contractors how many repeat customers they have,” Pasqualino Spadorcia says. “Verifying information can be hard, of course, but you may find some things online, or from talking with past customers.”
You’ll also want to talk about employees, including who will be on site, and whether they will be using any subcontractors. If subcontractors are used, you’ll want to make sure that they meet the same high standards, including being licensed and insured, as your primary contractor.
“I sometimes use contractors for specific things,” Pasqualino Spadorcia says. “Using contractors can allow you to tap into specialized skills. But you need to make sure they are all up to standard.”
Besides labor, material costs can be quite high during the remodeling process. If the contractor will be supplying any materials, say cabinets, flooring, or whatever else, make sure you discuss these costs upfront. You’ll want to compare their prices with market prices. While a small markup may be fine, if the contractors are far above market rates, that’s a concern.
“I often help clients select cabinetry, flooring, and the like,” Pasqualino Spadorcia notes, “but I am always transparent with prices, and I also encourage them to shop around. They often find that I can offer more affordable rates owing to my relationships with many suppliers.”