If you’re planning any home renovations this year, you should know what to look for when it comes time to hire a remodeling contractor. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you might get scammed, either with subpar materials or low-quality workmanship. Or worse, a shady contractor could end up taking your money and hitting the road.
Not quite sure you know how to vet contractors properly? In this blog, we break down what every homeowner needs to know to hire reputable home renovation specialists.
Verifiable Credentials, Licensing, Bonding, and Insurance
When you’re vetting remodeling contractors, look for indications that they’ve undergone industry-standard training and received certifications to prove it. If you’re browsing websites, most contractors will have information somewhere on their site that details their certifications and the type of training they’ve completed.
You can typically also find out whether they have partnerships with any industry organizations or manufacturers. These trust signals are important as they indicate a contractor is committed to not only improving their skillset but also providing exceptional service.
In addition to certifications, look for proof of licensing, bonding, and insurance. You don’t want to get scammed by a fly-by-night company and you certainly don’t want to be held liable for any damages or injuries that may occur on the job.
A Reasonable Price Point
When you’re pricing out remodeling contractors, get several quotes to compare price points. It’s usually not a great idea to immediately opt for the lowest quote without doing some additional vetting first. Usually, a low bid indicates that the contractors use subpar materials or cut corners somewhere on the job — neither of which you want.
Similarly, it makes no sense to opt for the highest quote if the contractors’ credentials and quality of workmanship are relatively the same. Look for remodeling contractors that offer reasonable pricing for the services they provide. Pricing is usually a solid indicator of quality, so keep that in mind as you consider your options.
No matter what a remodeling contractor might say in conversation, even if it sounds great, get those words in writing! A written contract should clearly define several details about the project, including:
● Total cost
● Payment arrangements
● Detailed time frames for various phases of the project
● Project description and scope
● Names and license numbers of all the contractors involved
If you don’t see a timeline in the contract, be wary; that could mean the contractor is spread too thin and won’t be able to complete your project in a timely fashion. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you sign on the dotted line! You’re paying for services, so you deserve to know precisely what you’re getting.
If a remodeling contractor can’t show you any reviews on past projects, it’s probably best not to hire them. Any home contracting company worth their salt knows how important customer reviews are as a trust signal, so any reputable company will be more than happy to share them with you.
Willingness to Work With Your Budget
If you have budget constraints, look for a contractor who’s willing to help you get the final product you’re looking for at a price you can afford. You may not be able to get premium-quality materials, but the quality of the workmanship should never suffer.
Don’t hesitate to clearly communicate your budget when you ask for a project estimate. Remodeling contractors have a variety of manufacturers from whom they source their materials, and each one creates products for specific price brackets.
Take kitchen countertops for example: if you're on a budget, you might not be able to get granite, but you can get quartz instead. The same idea applies to most components of your home — shingles, window, doors, etc. are all available at different price points.
Need a Remodeling Contractor in the Twin Cities? Contact Kiser Construction
If you’re planning home renovations this year, get in touch with our team at Kiser Construction. We specialize in a wide variety of home renovation services and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area. Ready to get started? Give us a call today at 763-633-2010 or contact us online for more information.