We have all heard the horror stories and seen the home renovation shows about sloppy or crooked contractors who do more harm than good on a home renovation. Sometimes those people could be involved in a lawsuit because the contractor has swindled so many people and sometimes they just don't do all of the work that someone is paying them to do for a fair price. If you're looking for a contractor for kitchen or bathroom renovations than you want to make sure that you are dealing with an honest and knowledgeable expert. Much as you would look for a electrical contractor in London to check the wiring in your home, or install new electrical fixtures. Here are some tips for hiring the right contractor for your home renovation.
Start by getting no less than three estimates from different companies. Whether you're flipping homes for sale and need whole kitchens remodelled or you're just replacing the plumbing in your ensuite bathroom, you want to know that they can do the job both well and for a reasonable price. The best way to choose a contractor is by recommendation. But, if this is not possible you should get detailed estimates on all of the work that needs to be done. The estimates should be on business stationary with all of the company's contact information.
When examining the estimates, you want to make sure that their quotes as far as materials, size and layout are all comparable and that the end result will be what you're looking for. It's important to get everything in writing. You might also want to visit their business office or some current job sites to get an idea about the company or person that you will be working with. If they are worth your time than they will be able to provide you with other job references that they have worked on in your area.
You're final decision on who to hire should be based on the level of communication that you have with a contractor. Ask yourself whether they truly understand your vision for your home and whether they're capable of making that vision into a reality. Whether you're designing an office or a backyard deck that you can use to entertain guests, your contractor should always be on the same page as you are in terms of design.
The last step for you and the contractor before any work is started will be to lay out and sign a contract. It should state in the contract when your contractor will be paid and what happens if they are unable to complete their work by the construction deadline. No matter if they're doing landscaping or redesigning your kitchen, this is the key to getting exactly what you paid for.