What Should You Look for When Hiring a Bathroom Contractor?
If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom but aren’t sure how to find the right contractor, you’ve come to the right place. The search process can be quite daunting, especially if this is your first project. A quick online search will likely yield dozens of companies serving your area, as well as an equal number of negative reviews and horror stories. Here are some tips to help you sift through the seemingly endless options and find the right contractor for your project:
Talk With Several Candidates
First, be sure to establish some firm goals for your project—what would you like to accomplish? Many bathroom remodeling companies have a website where they post photos of projects they’ve completed. Before reaching out, look through the photos and see if the contractor has completed any work that looks similar to the project you have in mind.
Also, don’t stop after talking with one contractor. Contact multiple candidates to discuss your project and get quotes. Ask about their licensing, insurance, specialties, experience, and processes. And even if you are satisfied with their answers, don’t ignore your gut. The contractor you hire will be spending time in your home, so you’ll want to ultimately choose someone you trust and feel comfortable with.
Don’t Consider Price in a Vacuum
Most likely, the lowest quote you receive on your bathroom remodel will not be your best choice, so do your homework. Go online and try to find out what other people have paid for similar projects in your area (including both materials and labor). This will help you establish a reasonable price range for your project. If a contractor quotes a price that falls outside that range, find out why. Do they use top-quality materials? Do they cut corners? Make sure you are satisfied with their explanation.
Get Everything in Writing
After settling on a bathroom contractor, discuss the contract in depth. The terms should include the labor and material costs, a timeline, and a payment schedule. Having detailed contract terms in writing will protect you from unplanned price increases and help ensure that your bathroom remodel is completed as intended.
Remodeling a bathroom does not have to be a traumatic endeavor. The right bathroom contractor can deliver a great result—and make the process as stress-free as possible for you.
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