Knowing there are areas of your home that need to be redesigned or renovated may be the first step in your home remodeling project. But the most important step is choosing the right Sacramento remodeling contractor for the job. If you make the wrong choice, you could find yourself paying too much, being pushed into buying products and services that you don’t need, or worst of all, having substandard work done on your home. But how do you, the homeowner, know if a contractor is the right match for you and your project? There are a few things you can do that will help you make the right choice.
When you are first searching for a Sacramento remodeling contractor, it is probably a good idea to get a few estimates. You may be able to skip this step if you’ve used a contractor you’re comfortable with in the past or if one comes highly recommended by a trusted friend or loved one. But if that’s not the case, it’s probably a good idea to meet a few contractors before making a choice. Try to avoid looking only for the contractor who gives the lowest bid, as this can sometimes cloud a homeowner’s judgment and result in them choosing a contractor who doesn’t do a top-tier job. Another thing you may to do is check these perspective contractors out on your own. Look at their websites. See if they are rated on any third party sites that rank contractors. Basically, just do a bit of detective work. And once you’ve made a choice, make sure to read the contract with a fine-toothed comb. The last thing you want is to find out that the job you paid for is different than what you thought it was.
To find out more about how to find a contractor for your home remodeling project, please take a look at the video below:
To speak with a reputable Sacramento remodeling contractor who would be happy to come out and give you an estimate for your project, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: How to Find a Contractor
NARRATION: Before you spend a dime on home improvement, make sure the money you’re about to spend is money well spent. There are three big things you must do before hiring any contractor.
First off, get written estimate. At least three. Because how else can you compare costs and timelines. Next, check references. All too often we hear hiring horror stories.
I called, made the appointment, and the man came out. And immediately he tried to upsell me. He was telling me, “well, you need this, and you need that,” and all sorts of things.
By checking trusted online resources like Angie’s List and friends and family, you’ll get the contractors’ history, know what to expect, and a wealth of other information.
Now here’s the biggie. It’s the contract. Sixteen percent of Angie’s List members comment that they didn’t get to read contract in their entirety before signing them. You have to read every word a contract. You’ll get costs, payment terms, start date, and expected end date. It’s all spelled out there. And if it isn’t, ask the contractor for more detail. It’s your money and your time. You want to find a great contractor to help you get the job done right the first time.