HOW TO HIRE SOMEONE TO REMODEL YOUR BATHROOM CORRECTLY
A bathroom remodeling job falls into two categories. There are the easy jobs. These are the jobs you can do yourself. These take little to no time at all. Something like replacing a faucet in the bathroom, this is something you can do on your own. As long as you read up it and know what you are doing, you can have this job done in less then a few hours.
Something that is very extensive is a different story. This is something that you should leave up to the professionals. It will cost you more time and money if you try to do it yourself.
With that being said, lets’ look into some tips on how to hire a a professional the correct way.
1) Make a list of everything you want done. This list should include everything from the needs to the wants. A good contractor will help you go through the list efficiently. A good contractor will let you know what will work in your bathroom and what will not work.
2) A good contractor will also discuss all the money issues right away. Never leave this subject till the last minute. Go over a budget with yourself or your partner. Write down everything you need to consider.
Show this budget list to the contractor. The right guy will go over everything with a fine-toothed comb. A good contractor will know how to base his bill on what you provide. Stay within your budget. Contractors will try to “sell you” on certain things. It’s important that you do not get suckered in. This is part of their job. They do this to everyone, even the really good contractors do this trick. Agree on a budget and stick to it.
If at any point you feel that the contractor is pressuring you into doing something, this is a sign you have the wrong guy. The right guy will not do this to you.
Never allow a contractor to put off the money till the end. Some customers even pay a little bit upfront. This works kind of like a guarantee in a way. It tells both parties that each person is good for it. When it comes to the final installment, never pay it out unless the job is done.
Let’s go one further with this. Never pay the final payment out until you are completely satisfied with what has been done. Some contractors have a tendency to “rush things”, especially when they are at the end. Do not fall for this. Your contractor does not get paid until the job is 100% complete.
3) Always ask for referrals. I know I have mentioned this time and again, but it’s so important. Word of mouth spreads quickly in the contracting and remodeling business. Once something gets out about how bad someone really is, the word will spread rather quickly.
Do not hire someone who has gotten a bad reputation in the industry, just because you feel sorry for them. They have this red flag for a reason.
SOME FINAL PARTING WORDS
One good exercise to get into is using Angie’s List as a resource. if there are any doubts about a person or company, go to this site. This site has a list of all the good contractors in your area, as well as others.
If a certain name is not on there, than take it as a sign.
Another thing you might want to do is check out a few people at a time. Get a list together of possible candidates. Call them up. Once the call is made, than you set up an interview. Do not just go by what was quoted on the phone call.
Any company can pull a “bait and switch” on you. This goes for every industry, including the contracting business. Actually, this industry gets it much more than some of the others.
If something that was quoted on the phone is not brought up face-to-face, this is another red flag. It also means you should not hire them.