How to Choose a Home Remodeler

In a world where less is often more, “more” is sometimes the preferred option. That’s especially true when it comes to time. As in, it’s easy to common to complain about not having enough hours in the day to get done everything you planned on.

Looking to hire a home remodeler? Then, save time and effort now by asking a few important questions before you even allow them inside your front door. That will help you weed out deal breakers and help ensure that whoever you hire is a great fit for your upcoming project.

Here are 7 key questions to ask a contractor before scheduling an in-person meeting.

  1. “Do you cover my area?” Not all contractors cover the same counties and towns, and you don’t want someone doing you a “favor” by exceeding their self-prescribed boundaries just because business happens to be a little slow. In home service work of any kind, distance matters.
  2. “Is this service within your area of expertise?” Make sure the contractor you hire is equipped and qualified to handle your project. For example, if you want to build a dormer, ask to see photos of previous installations.
  3. “Can you work within my timeline?” Get familiar with the time it takes to plan, design, and complete a remodeling project. Ask how soon the contractor can realistically start, and whether the work can be completed within your (reasonable) timeline.
  4. “What services do you offer?” If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, then you probably don’t want a contractor who does not have a team of plumbers, electricians, and painters. Home remodelers always have more control over their own employees than subcontractors.
  5. “Do you obtain the necessary permits?” If your project requires that permits be pulled, verify who is responsible for doing so to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.
  6. Is my budget realistic”? Assuming you’ve already done some research, ask whether the contractor can work within your budget. If the answer is “no,” there are always alternative solutions to be had or other remodeling contractors to consider.
  7. “Can we do some of the work ourselves or supply some of the materials?” Some contractors are firm about purchasing all materials and completing all work themselves. If you have an in at the tile store or want to put a little sweat equity into your home, make sure your contractor is ok with that.

You also want a licensed and insured home remodeler working for you to protect your interests should something go wrong during the project. At Pann Home Services, we’re both:  licensed and insured.  Plus, we are uniquely qualified to handle just about any remodeling or handyman project you have in mind.  Contact us today to talk about how we can help you bring your remodeling plans to life.