Do’s & Don’ts When Working With A Home Remodeling Contractor

Hiring home remodeling companies can be risky business. That’s just the truth. If you make a mistake in your partner selection process and choose the wrong home remodeling contractors, the reality is that your financial exposure can be quite large. In the last 30 days, we were demanded to provide our all of our written correspondence and interactions with a potential client who selected the wrong local remodeling contractors and reached out to us for help in the aftermath. Their project had what was believed to be several large mistakes and it ended in legal action. As we all know, any time you get lawyers involved, that cost alone could be quite large… and that doesn’t account for doing the work twice and completing the necessary repairs.

So, how do you avoid a negative experience? Achieving that goal begins with and ends with selecting a reputable contractor. And, as you engage in this process, the question you must ask yourselves along the way is this:

Do’s & Don’ts When Working With A Home Remodeling Contractor

Is saving what we believe to be a few thousand dollars on the front end worth the risk of spending many thousands on the back end if we make the wrong decision? We believe making the right choice at the very beginning is everything and there is a value you must place on reducing risk and giving yourselves an opportunity to experience an enjoyable renovation project.

So, let’s explore some do’s and don’ts to protect your interests along the way:

Do

Ask for referrals from friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors that you know have engaged in a similar size project as what you are considering.

Don’t

Assume that just because a handyman fixed a door for you that he is equipped to manage a larger project, financially or otherwise.

Do

Give weight to companies that have been in business a long time. That longevity means that have experienced and survived the ups and downs the economy has offered and likely indicates financial stability on their part.

Don’t

Assume that a new guy starting a company that is a friend of a friend makes the most financial sense for you to trust to a project. You absorb incredible amounts of risk in this scenario, and it often ends poorly.

Do

Think about the type of process and experience you want to engage in when working with contractors. Do you want to work with a company that has a designer to help you make selections and pull everything together? Do you want to go to 15 stores chasing product and borrowing samples or do you want to hire a remodeling company that has a showroom so you can go to one place to make a majority (if not all) of your selections?

Don’t

Assume that you are better served by going and buying all the products yourself and have a guy put it in for you. You really need to understand what that contractor will warrant and the quality of the product that you get when you purchase it from a box store.

Do

Actually, ask for and call references provided to you by a prospective remodeling partner if you don’t have first-hand accounts from people you know and trust testifying to the quality of experience these home remodeling contractors will provide.

Don’t

Hire out of state contractors to do your local work, especially after storm damage. (Disclaimer: we don’t do storm chasing work). Be sure to hire local remodeling contractors to complete your project. It is very easy to ask potential partners if they have done work in your area and even ask for references in your area to confirm credibility.

Do

Make a determination whether you want to work with a company that subcontracts all of their work

Don’t

Minimize the value of a company with carpenter and design employees on staff that can help control both the quality of work and schedule, thus improving your overall client experience.

Our 25 years of experience has taught us that all home remodeling companies are not created alike. We are very clear at The Lifestyle Group that we believe our product is NOT the beautiful kitchen or bathroom or whole house remodel you call us about. Our product is “OUR PROCESS” and the experience you receive throughout the project that would have you use us for all of the rest of your projects for all of the rest of your years.

If you simply ask the right questions and listen intently to the answers you receive, you can protect your large investment and ensure an enjoyable remodeling experience with a reputable contractor you can trust.

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