Choosing a Contractor for a Bathroom Remodel
June 4, 2017
Your bathroom remodel should begin by gathering recommendations. What’s the easiest way of doing this? Simply by word of mouth. Talk to family, friends, and members of your community! Who did they hire? Would they hire them again? If you know someone who has given you a recommendation, ask if you can see the work that was done on their project. We suggest getting 2-4 reliable recommendations, as too many can get confusing quickly.
Then, set up meetings with the contractors you’re choosing from. Ask for photos from past bathroom remodels that they've completed. Focus on their expertise in working with small spaces. A different skill set is needed depending on if the remodel will be done in a small or large space. Talk about your specific needs and vision. Be sure to leave plenty of time for the contractor to tell you all that they can do. Most importantly, make sure to ask for references from their past customers. Take notes of your thoughts throughout each meeting!
Next, check the references you’ve obtained. Reach out to those past customers and ask questions. Did the contractor stay in budget and complete the job in a timely manner? Would they recommend the contractor to friends and family? Were they happy with the outcome? Was there anything they wish they had done differently?
When finally selecting a company, pay attention to the length of time the business has been operating, their BBB ratings, and any possible negative reviews, lawsuits, etc. Most companies that have been in business for a long time will likely have some sort of negative feedback. But, the question is, how was it handled? Did the company try to rectify the problem? Was it handled professionally? Or was it completely disregarded? Once you’ve made your decision and begin the “contract phase”, keep paying attention! Make sure that the contract is detailed and specific to everything you’ve discussed. Among other things, the contract should certainly include:
- How disputes will be resolved
- Time-frame and payment schedule
- Project milestones
- How change-orders are handled
- A well-detailed, professionally drafted project plan
Should you need any help in finding a contractor for a bathroom remodel, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Give Premier Foundation Repair a call (972-417-0823) or check out our website. We’d be more than happy to help.