Do Your Research
Before you call a contractor to come over and give you an estimate, research the types of product you want to use in your remodel. This will give you an idea on what the products cost and this will allow the contractor to give you an estimate using products that you want, not what the contractor thinks you want.
Set a Realistic Budget
Determine what your budget is going to be – the minimum, the maximum, and a “stretch” budget. Budgets for normal bathroom remodel are $10K – $15K depending on the size of the bathroom and extent of the remodel. Kitchen remodeling is typically $20k – $35k including appliances. Don’t forget to budget for electrical and plumbing costs.
Know Your Contractor
Don’t forget to ask for references and check out your contractor with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Verity that your contractor is licensed bonded, and insured – if they are not, don’t use them! Ask your contractor for a certificate of Liability Insurance to ensure that in the event of damage to your home that contractor is insured to cover the costs.
Get a Detailed Written Quote
A detailed written quote shows the customer that the contractor has spent the time to accurately determine the cost of your project that will include man hours and materials. If a contractor gives you a quote on the spot after spending only 5 minutes at your home the yare only guessing and most likely start issuing ‘Change Orders” which are costly to cover their additional expensed. Ask for a start date and a completion date plus when deposits and payments are due.
Communication is Key to a Successful Project
Finally don’t be afraid to ask questions to your contractor. This will allow both the customer and the contractor to develop an open line of communication. Remember a stupid question is a question that is not asked!