Are you thinking of doing some renovations, but worried about the process? I mean… maybe you should be. Contractors can be tricky. Here’s some tips straight from the designer’s mouth: How to deal with a contractor!
GET SEVERAL BIDS, AND MAKE IT KNOWN YOU ARE DOING SO
Don’t go with the first number you get, EVER. Get recommendations from friends and at least three quotes. Tell them you are bidding out the job. This will help you get a better price.
USE CAUTION TAKING DESIGN ADVICE FROM A CONTRACTOR
Did that contractor go to design school and take the NCIDQ? Most likely, no. Don’t let a contractor’s personal opinion confuse you. Stick with your designer’s advice. I have had many a contractor tell me, “You know, I didn’t understand what you were doing, but this is beautiful!”
NEVER PAY AHEAD OF TIME
I have been burned myself on this one. Only pay for work that has been completed and never pay the full balance ahead of time. There is a major news story here in Denver right now about a contractor that conned many people into paying up front and never showed up to complete the work. I would be very detailed and only pay down to the line item for what has been completed in a satisfactory manner.
CHECK YOUR MATERIALS PRICING
Do your research. Contact manufacturers and look online to get an idea of what things cost. Every time a product changes hands, there is a mark up on it. If the contractor can get it at the showroom, that’s two marks… Do your research so you know if the pricing is reasonable or outrageous.
Make sure to do your homework on the contractor you select. Read online reviews and get information from past clients. Just because someone comes in the lowest doesn’t mean they will necessarily do the best work.
Construction and home renovations can be daunting, but as long as you’re willing to do your homework and go the extra mile, things can go smoothly without wiping your bank account !