Tips for Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
DIY is nice if you know exactly what you’re doing. Otherwise, please don’t start with bathroom installations. Find a pro and be sure to vet them well.
First, ask family, friends, neighbors and coworkers if they’ve used a bathroom remodeling contractor over the last couple of years. Also ask if they will let you see the work performed. Or at least go through some photos of the project before and after it was completed. Then get contact details of no less than three prospective contractors.
Another good place to find prospects is a well-known home project referrals website (for example, Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.). Here, you’ll probably find a lot of bathroom remodeling contractors operating in your area. You can read reviews and see photos of their projects, and learn about their skill level, experience, and actual job performance. Of course, you can also retrieve their contact details.
Setting Up a Meeting
Ring no less than three of them – if you can, make it up to five – and arrange an in-person appointment with each one of them. You can invite them over to the property, although you can wait for the second meeting (if you think there should be one) to do this. Besides, after the first, you’ll likely strike off at least one of these contractors for one reason or another. In any case, make sure you ask all the relevant questions during this meeting. Very importantly, should there be something about a bathroom remodeling contractor that you feel isn’t right, don’t simply shun it. Never ever shun red flags.
What to Ask
1. Are you going to give me an estimate?
Actually, don’t just ask for an estimate. Insist that they give you one!Insist on getting one!Make them give you one! And if should be as detailed as possible, including the individual price of every material that will be used, and of course, labor costs.
2. Are you covered by insurance?
This question is actually be more of whether they have appropriate insurance. When it comes to bathroom remodeling contractors, you should expect them to carry property damage, workers’ compensation, and personal liability insurance.
3. Can you provide client references, and present before and after pictures of your projects you’ve completed for them?
4. Do you subcontract any part or parts of the job? (If they do, make sure you check out these folks as well.)
5. How will you handle cleanup during and after the job?
As soon as you’ve gotten answers to these questions, you can trim down your list of choices to only one. Don’t take any of the above-listed questions for granted, and, again, regardless of the answers, listen to your gut.