Kitchen and bathroom designs change over the years which means that eventually most homeowners will feel that the time for a change is at hand. A professional Portland remodel company has the know-how required to help turn their client’s wishes into a the reality of a brand new kitchen or bathroom with all the extras. They not only provide the labor and materials needed, but they are also a great source of innovative ideas. In order to choose the best contractor for the job, customers should keep these tips in mind.
The best way to begin a search for some reliable remodeling companies is to ask people whom one knows if they have worked with someone they were happy with and would recommend. If this isn’t possible, customers can look online for contractors working in their area. Either way it’s advisable to request some referrals. These people can also answer any questions they client may have about the experience with the contractor.
If there are any state or local requirements for contractors in terms of licensing, the customer should do some research and be aware of this to verify that the company being considered holds all of these necessary credentials. Furthermore, if they have attended additional training courses to obtain certain certifications which may also be beneficial, this is another advantage.
Being able to view some examples of their work either in a portfolio, showroom, or even better, in actual homes, provides prospective customers the most reassurance that these pros will be able to give them what they are looking for. Their style, workmanship and concepts should line up with the customer’s expectations, or it’s best to keep looking.
Some companies will offer free consultation to potential clients, and this is a good sign that they are confident in what they have to offer. Devising a short list of no more than three contractors and scheduling interviews with each of them is the next step. During these meetings, the customer should expect the contractor to not only effectively answer any questions he or she may have, but also to ask questions to find out what the customer expects.
The contractor should draw up a preliminary work schedule for the project to give the customer and idea of what will be involved in terms of how many hours each day and how long it will take until it is completed. Naturally the timing needs to be suited to the customer’s personal schedule and meet his or her approval.
Inquiring about the anticipated work schedule, should one choose to hire a particular contractor, is also important to consider. They must keep reasonable hours that will not be disruptive to either those living in the home or their neighbors. The work should also be planned out in such a way that it will be completed in a timely manner but not at the expense of quality workmanship.
Finally, once the contractor has drawn up the work agreement, the customer should carefully review this document to make sure it is legitimate and not missing any key elements. It should state the bid price, payment schedule, work plan, change-order clause, warranty details, and a waiver of lien. If all pertinent information is accounted for, the customer should feel confident signing the contract.