6 Questions to Ask Your Renovation Contractor

Renovations are a complex undertaking that is both emotionally and financially taxing. Being involved in the decision-making process also takes a lot of time, which is why many homeowners decide to rely on professional renovators. It is of the utmost importance to ensure smooth communication and know what to expect before the project commences. So, here are the questions that allow you to prevent unpleasant surprises down the road.  

How does the schedule look?

One of the primary concerns is related to the schedule. Renovations disrupt your daily routines and domestic goings-on, suggesting that it is in your best interest to see the renovation through as soon as possible. Then again, you should know that a schedule does not encompass only a start and end date, but also an outline of different tasks and timings. A big picture thus most often involves a whole matrix of sequencing and deadlines.

What about your business history?

Opting for the right general contractor is no cakewalk. Of course, a direct approach is to ask the organization about prior work, and you should do that. In addition, demand a proof that the company is licensed or registered for renovation work in your area. Still, it is highly advisable to also do your own homework and dig into company’ history. Try to find some customer reviews on Houzz, Homestars or Renovationfind because they shed the light on the quality of the service you can expect.

 

Who will do what?

It is only natural to be eager to know who will spend time in your home. It is a good idea to focus on contractor’s plans that address site supervision as well as subcontractors. While some companies hire a host of subcontractors others have on-site crews. In the former case, pay attention to transactions between all parties because there have been cases of builder’s liens being placed on homes in North Vancouver.  Namely, this mechanism kicks in if the subcontractors don’t get paid.

How will you protect my property?

A conversation about protecting the property must take place before the demolition begins. For instance, there is a wide array of dust-containment measures that mitigate the impact on your household in the wake of remodeling. You also want to ensure that delicate possessions like vases and pictures are out of the harm’s way.

How will you communicate?

Good and open communication between you and the remodeler maximizes the chance of the project being carried out to your utmost satisfaction and benefit. Therefore, define how you would like to receive information about the renovation process. With so many marvels of electronic communication at your disposal, there is no need to restrict yourself to the SMS and phone calls. In any event, do not let contractors leave you in the dark regarding any detail or aspect of the renovation.

What documents will you give me?

A typical contract designates end-of-project paperwork, which takes the form of copies of inspection reports, lien releases, and plans with as-builds on plumbing and utilities.  A reputable renovation company might provide other valuable documents such as operating manuals for new equipment, a list of subcontractor's and contractor’s info, mechanical photos, etc. Thus, acquire all the necessary information and feel free to ask for as many documents as you would like.

Cover all the bases

Good preparation is the name of the game. You will be seeing your contractor quite often, so do not fail to ask the right questions. Also, know that depending on the size and structure of the company, the answers may vary significantly. Bear in mind that it is best to pose questions to a few different companies and compare the answers.  You get to choose, but the decisions must be based on facts and figures. Stay on the safe side and test the waters before diving into the renovation adventure.  

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