Tips for Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
DIY is nice if you know exactly what you’re doing. If not, don’t ever begin with bathroom installations. Hire a professional, and make sure you vet them well.
First and foremost, ask your relatives and friends, colleagues and neighbors whether they have used the services of a bathroom remodeling contractor recently. Ask as well if they will let you come see the job yourself. Or at least go through some photos of the project before and after it was completed. Then collect contact information of three contractors at least.
Another good place to find prospects is a well-known home project referrals website (for example, Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.). You will probably find here several bathroom remodeling contractors who are servicing 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 will also be able to contact them through the site.
Setting Up a Meeting
Give no less than three a call – maybe up to five if you can – and set up an appointment with every one of them in person. You can invite them to come and check out the property, or if you prefer, or you can wait for your follow-up meeting (if you think you want one). Besides, you’ll likely eliminate at least one of these prospects after the first, for whatever reason. In any case, make it a point to ask all the important questions when you meet them. 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.
Questions You Should Ask
1. Will you be giving me an estimate?
Actually, you shouldn’t even be asking for an estimate. Insist that they give you one!Insist on getting one!Make them give you one! And ensure it is as detailed as it can get, including the separate costs of labor and each material to be used.
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 hire subcontractors? (If they do, give these people a check too.)
5. How do you typically handle the cleanup (make sure this is done during the job and after)?
After hearing their answers to these questions, you can narrow down your list of prospective contractors to just one. Don’t even try to skip any of the questions listed above, and again, listen to your instincts.