Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before a Renovation

ldr-1Before you begin the home renovation process, there are a few questions any reliable contractor should be able to answer. Asking these questions will help you stay informed throughout the renovation and know what you can expect from your contractor.

How much will it cost?

Many homeowners are surprisingly wary to ask this simple question, but reliable contractors are happy to provide an honest estimate. While it may be difficult to give you an exact figure depending on the materials and the time of year the renovations are performed, your contractor should be straightforward about labor costs and general pricing estimates.

How long have you been in business?

While there are talented contractors at all levels of experience, you deserve to know how much experience your contractor has in your specific type of renovation. Experienced companies have loyal customer testimonials that showcase their specific skill sets and make it easier for you to determine whether they are a right fit for your home renovation.

Do you belong to a national trade association?

Membership in a nationally recognized trade association can tell you a lot about a renovation company's qualifications. For example, Leaders in Disaster Restoration is recognized by the Better Business Bureau, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and DKI, among many other associations. These memberships tell you that a company has met certain standards of professional excellence and performance, giving you greater peace of mind when it comes to trusting its contractors with your home.

Is this a common type of project for your company?

Even the best home restoration companies have their strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to ask your contractor whether he has significant experience in your specific type of renovation. Some renovations require a more specific skill set than others. For example, if you are looking to renovate your home after smoke or fire damage, it helps to work with specially trained fire restoration contractors who know the fire damage restoration process inside and out.

Can I see a list of references?

Reliable contractors have happy customers who are usually willing to offer a letter of recommendation or even speak with prospective clients about their experiences. By learning how a company worked with past clients, you can get a better idea of what the experience will be like. Be wary of companies that don't post client testimonials on their websites or seem hesitant to acknowledge their former clients.

Can you tell me about your certifications?

Industry certifications demonstrate expertise in a given field, such as remodeling and carpentry. Asking about your contractor's relevant certifications is a great way to learn more about what types of projects he or she is most experienced in. You can also feel more confident knowing that your contractor has professional training in a specific type of home renovation. Home renovation doesn't have to be stressful if you work with the right contractors. Leaders in Disaster Restoration has provided repair and restoration services in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1991, making them the ideal source for information and expertise.
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