Most homeowners are good about asking contractors for references but rarely follow up on them. Take the time for this important step. Ask to contact the last three clients so you have a better view of the current level of work and staffing. Here are some suggestions of questions to ask a contractor’s referrals.
A properly drafted contract protects you, the homeowner, and helps ensure there are no misunderstandings or unmet expectations. Insist on a thorough contract or proposal that includes all the details regarding your project.
Additionally, most homeowners don't assume they've underestimated their project’s cost and time frame and usually do so by at least 25 percent. The best advice is to plan ahead, ask the right questions, and choose an experienced contractor that can help you avoid those unforeseen situations.
Once a project gets underway, it’s easy to get swept up in the process. To avoid any disappointments, be sure to ask enough questions to determine what you want and what the final result will be. Learn which products will be used and involve your friends and family in your decision making.
Lastly, the most costly mistake you can make during a remodel is changing your mind after the construction process has begun. Seek the right counsel and do all your homework during the planning process so the project you start on is the end result you want.
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