Renovated homes always increase the value of a home. It is estimated that Americans spend around $114.6 billion on home renovation projects by having an average construction project costs anywhere around $45,000. The scale of work ranges from simple carpentry jobs to adding/remodeling bathrooms or kitchens or even converting rooms. With so much investment, it indeed makes sense to choose do it yourself and remodeling contractors with care.
Statistics at the New York Times Department of Consumer Affairs reveal that complaints about do it yourself contractors far outnumber all other categories. Here’s a quick guide to assist you find the correct contractor:
– The very first thing before hiring a contractor is to be sure that he has a license. Virtually all states Home Remodeling follow strict guidelines before issuing a license. Contractors are required to clear criminal background tests, written examination, and are charged a license fee. In some places like New York and Nassau, they’re even required to pay for a bond by way of a trust fund that will be used to compensate consumers who were affected by shoddy and significantly less than professional work.
– Licenses may not be an entire guarantee of the contractor’s professionalism, but at the very least they provide the state to move with respect to the consumer.
– Be sure that you see the contract terms and conditions in detail. Even the smartest individuals have faced problems since they failed to learn the contract. Paying a contractor in cash also isn’t recommended, because more regularly than not, it eventually ends up in a dispute.
– And if at all possible, consult an architect and other specialist. People often ignore this. Homeowners aren’t always specific about conveying suggestions to the contractor. This can sometimes prove to be a pricey mistake and even involve changing the whole project. But an architect can ensure that the message is conveyed to the contractor clearly. The blue print drawn by an architect leaves little room for mistakes, because you can’t have a contractor who is able to come with excuses saying, ‘you didn’t tell that if you ask me before’ ;.
– Be sure that a penalty clause is included in the contract. As previously mentioned earlier do it yourself and remodeling jobs aren’t cheap. A penalty clause would bind the contractor in finishing the project on time.
– You can also ask the contractor to provide an experienced foreman to handle the project. While this could increase costs, this could indeed be a bargain in comparison with the expenses incurred due to inadequate supervision.