August 31, 2020
How to Interview Contractors before Starting Home Renovations
When you buy a home, or even if you’ve been in your home for a while, you may need some work done. It could be essential work, such as electrical or plumbing, that you don’t want to do yourself. Or it could be wish list work like upgrading your bathroom or kitchen design. Whatever the case, you may need to interview local contractors to find the right match. What kinds of questions would you ask before hiring someone to do work on your house?
What Kind of Insurance Do You Have?
Aside from a few simple jobs around the house that you could probably do on your own but simply don’t want to, you should always verify the insurance for contractors coming in to do renovations or work on your plumbing or electrical. This protects you and your home from any unforeseen problems.
What is Your License Number?
Similarly, if the kind of work being done on your home has to be completed by a licensed professional, don’t be afraid to ask them to verify their information. A qualified contractor will have no problem providing this information. If they do not, it’s a red flag and time to move on to another option.
How Do I Reach You?
You also want to maintain good communication with the person doing the work. And, in some cases, it won’t be the person you interacted with who will be completing the work. But that doesn’t mean you should be left high and dry without a means of contact during the project. If they can’t provide you their contact information, you may want to steer clear.
What is the Estimated Cost of This Project?
It’s also okay to get a quote before you approve of the work being done. While estimates are ballpark figures and may not reflect the final price, it will give you a place to start. Once you have the estimated cost, you can prepare your budget for the work. It also helps you have a stronger bargaining position if the work comes in at a completely different cost.
Can You Provide References for Similar Projects?
Finally, it’s always okay to ask for references when dealing with contractors. Most contractors will be more than happy to provide the names and contact information for other homeowners happy with their services. They don’t need to give out phone numbers, but even an email can help you get the information you need. If they don’t have any references or provide the information, you may want to reconsider.
GoPrime Mortgage of West Asheville is always connected to the community. Contact us for more information about renovation loans or referrals to contractors in the area. Call Zachery Adam at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville today.
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