Renovating your home is easiest when you have a capable contractor who will take care of ‘everything’ for you. While many homeowners have a contractor whom they can trust, some might not have the luxury of knowing someone who can handle all the renovation works. Hence, you will need to know a few things before getting a renovation contractor to carry out the works for you.
Size of Renovation Project
– Before you find a renovation contractor, you need to know for sure the size and scale of the renovation you are planning to do. If it is a complete home makeover then you need a very professional renovation contractor who can provide design advice as well. But if it is only a small portion of a room, then you need to consider what the important aspects of the job are. Some small jobs can be completed by a handyman so you might not need to engage a full-service contractor.
– The most important part of this engagement is in communicating with the contractor. Some contractors have a grumpy and arrogant nature while there are those who might not be able to communicate well in a certain language. You need to be telling the contractor what you want to be done in the space which means that communicating the specifications is vital. This can be done through face-to-face discussion where there should be documented evidence on the issues agreed like pricing, design, material used and other terms.
– Being able to talk freely and clearly to the contractor means that you will be able to discuss about the cost. Take note that there is no ‘standard price’ as services rendered for renovation is not regulated. However, you will have a specific figure on how much you are willing to pay for the type of work you require. You need to discuss and confirm the pricing with the contractor prior to starting work.
– This is one issue which is often overlooked as contractors tend to give estimates which leads to delays and postponement. Ensure that the timeframe needed to complete the job is agreed upon before work starts. From there, you will need to provide a buffer of an additional 2 to 3 weeks in case of delays. Anything more than that will not be acceptable. This needs to be communicated to the contractor that if there were delays, then a discount should be given based on how much time was taken additionally.