Questions to ask your home renovation contractor

Before hiring a professional, double check they have the proper insurance for the business they are conducting. Cover your bases by ensuring the company you hire to complete your renovations has an up-to-date license. You never want to be caught in a situation where you hire a contractor without insurance or a license, as they both are a priority. Insurance provides coverage for damages or injuries caused to clients, employees, and other individuals that could be potentially affected by an accident in the workplace. An up-to-date license confirms that your contractor is qualified to handle your job and they’re compliant with local laws and regulations. 

Ask your contractor: Can you provide information about your license and insurance?

You don’t want to work with a contractor with poor communication and you don’t want to get stuck with a bill you didn’t anticipate because you weren’t warned. Of course, roadblocks and unforeseen issues can easily occur, but double checking that your project manager values open communication and is easy to reach during the process can streamline your renovation process and give you peace of mind. 

Ask your contractor: Can you describe your project management system? Can you describe the frequency and methods of communication used with your clients and employees?

Be sure that the contractor you hire produces work that lives up to your standard. Websites and social media will usually give you insight into what their finished product looks like, but it never hurts to double check. Along the same lines, check to see if past clients were pleased with the work your contractor provided. Photo proof and recent testimonials can give you reassurance that the person you hire for your home renovation projects is great at what they do.

Ask your contractor: Would you be willing to share a recent portfolio with pictures of your work as well as some client testimonials? 

As mentioned previously, you never want to be stuck with an unforeseen bill or charges that exceeded your expectations. Before hiring a contractor, have a conversation about payment expectations. Oftentimes, you will receive a quote before the work has begun. Be sure the contractor or project manager is transparent about their pricing and what you can expect in terms of unexpected charges that may occur. This circles back to hiring a contractor with great communication skills as well. 

Ask your contractor: What are your payment expectations? 

Depending on the size and details of your renovation, time frames can vary. When having a conversation with your contractor, be sure to discuss the time frame. You could be stuck living in a construction zone for a lot longer than you anticipated if you don’t have this conversation. Transparency from your contractor is key, so make sure you, your contractor, and any contracting employees are on the same page about what needs to be done and how long you can expect it to take.

Ask your contractor: What is the estimated time frame for planning? How long should this project take from the start time to completion?  

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