If you are planning to renovate your home in the near future, you have probably started researching remodeling contractors who seem well-equipped to handle jobs like yours. Even though no work has begun at this point, this is one of the most important parts of the renovation process. Without the right contractor, everything about your project will be more challenging than it needs to be.
As you read this brief guide, you will see a list of questions you ought to ask every contractor you’re thinking about hiring. It’s a good idea to make these inquiries on the phone before you schedule an initial consultation. This way, you won’t waste your time or the remodeling professional’s time. Best of luck to you as you go through the selection process!
What is your service area?
All contractors have service areas. If you live outside of a certain remodeler’s service area, he or she probably won’t be able to do your project. Some contractors are willing to travel further than they normally do for a surcharge, but this isn’t always the case. At Hatch Homes, we serve families who live throughout an extensive region, from Virginia all the way to the coast of South Carolina. If you reside anywhere in this part of the Southeast, you probably live within our service area.
Do you have experience with projects like mine?
Although remodeling contractors generally have experience with a wide variety of jobs, some do have particular specialties. It’s important to make sure you work with a contractor who has done projects that are similar to yours in the past. Otherwise, there is a greater risk of something going awry or not getting done correctly. Try to explain your project in as much detail as you can to give each professional a solid idea of what you want the end result to be.
Does my timeline work for you?
Good contractors usually aren’t able to start new projects right away. This is actually a positive thing because it means they have other clients they have to serve before they get to your work. If, however, you are on a strict timeline, you will have to find a contractor who can fit you in before you need your project to be completed. It isn’t worth scheduling consultations with any remodelers who know they won’t be able to work your job into their schedules for a month or two if you know you need progress to be made prior to that.
Will you actually be doing the work?
This is an especially important question if you really like the contractor you find yourself speaking to on the phone. Some remodelers hire subcontractors to complete certain jobs for them. If you are not comfortable with this for one reason or another, you need to make sure you know exactly who will be working in your house at any given time over the course of your project.
The team at Hatch Homes has a wide variety of skills and can handle just about any exterior home remodeling project you can dream up. Give us a call, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have about our process.