I.E. Remodeling Solutions a Division of David Fabbo
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Finding The Right Contractor For Your Remodeling Project
As anyone who has any experience working with contractors will tell you, finding the RIGHT contractor for your project entails much more than just finding the lowest price. Less tangible items like your ability to communicate and feel comfortable working with your contractor will inevitably prove to be much more important in determining your eventual satisfaction with the job – particularly if it’s a large project.
Here are a couple of tips on finding the right contractor for your home improvement project:
Ask for references
Talk to homeowners this contractor has done work for in the past. Were they satisfied with the work? Was the work finished? Did the contractor keep to the agreed-upon schedule? Did the contractor return phone calls
Get two or three specific written bids
Different contractors can vary widely on pricing and level of detail even when bidding for the same job. Make sure and get several estimates on your home remodeling project, especially if it’s a large project. As much as possible, make sure that you explain the job fully to each of the contractors to ensure each one bids on the same exact job so that you can compare the estimates ‘apple-to-apple’.
Don’t automatically accept the lowest bid
The old saying “you get what you pay for” applies here. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship and reliability. A large number of complaints filed against contractors are the result of homeowner taking the lowest bid and then being unhappy with the low quality of work. A recommended alternative to getting bids is to work with a design/build contractor that you have checked out and are comfortable with. Even when the contractor promises to do the same job, be careful – often contractors will bid a job extremely aggressively in order to get it. When the work takes longer than originally planned, the contractor can feel ‘squeezed’ by the budget and try and cut corners.
Make sure your contractor is properly licensed
A license is not an endorsement of the quality of work. It provides some financial protection for you, the customer.
Make sure your contractor is properly insured
Ask your contractor for a copy of his proof of liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance or the name and number of his/her insurance agent to call and verify proof of coverage.
Most importantly…Do you trust this person to work on your home?
When it comes down to it, the most important thing to check is your own gut feeling. How do you feel about this contractor working on what is probably your single largest investment – your home? Do you trust this person inside your home? Around your children? Can you communicate well with this person about the project? Are they ‘in tune’ to your needs?
Contact Us Today
At David Fabbo can meet all your home improvement needs. No job is too large or too small. Call us at 877-322-2699 or 908-212-1249 to set up a meeting and get an estimate for your job. Or email us by clicking on this link: Home Improvement Estimate
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