Top 3 Questions to Ask Your Residential Remodeling Contractor

Choosing a residential remodeling contractor is a big step. Whether you are undertaking extensive home renovations, a bathroom remodeling project, or custom millwork additions, finding the right professional has the potential to make a huge difference in your enjoyment of the finished project. It can also save you quite a bit of time and money.

There are three questions to ask your remodeling contractor.

  1. Are you an industry insider? An insider has formed working relationships with a broad range of suppliers, contractors and other professionals. This benefits you because it results in favorable material pricing, accurate estimating and realistic scheduling of your project.
  2. Do I need a permit? With the exception of a few handyman-type jobs, the majority of home renovations may need one or more permits. A seasoned remodeling contractor knows this and should have a process in place, which ensures that permits are pulled and work is scheduled with inspections factored into the flow of the labor.
  3. How long have you been in business? Although everyone has to start sometime, you do not want your kitchen-remodeling project to be a remodeling specialist’s first job. The longer a company has been in business, the better its professional reputation is likely to be. A company that does not pay its bills, does shoddy work or fails to finish on budget and on time is unlikely to stay in business for more than a couple of years. Look for a time frame that is measured in decades.

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  1. This summer, my husband and I are hoping to remodel our master bathroom. We want to make sure we choose the right contractor to help us with this large project. Like you said, we will need to ask if we need a permit as a seasoned contractor should be able to have a process for this.

  2. I totally agree with what you said about how you can get an assurance that you’re hiring a reputable residential remodeling contractor by considering how long they have been in the business. My bathroom looks dull because of the missing features that can make it glow. This is the reason why I’m interested to do remodel it. It’s highly im[pprtant for me to hire an experienced bathroom remodeling contractor to make sure that I will only with a company that has proven their worth to their past clients. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  3. These are some good questions to ask. It would be a bummer if halfway through a job you found out you need a permit and don’t have one. It would be better to be safe and get that permit.

  4. It was nice when you said that it’s better to hire a kitchen remodeling contractor that has been in business for a long time because it’s possible that they have a good reputation. My husband and I are planning to have our kitchen remodeled. We want to make sure that we’ll be satisfied with how our kitchen is going to be remodeled. With that in mind, we’ll make sure to check the website of a kitchen remodeling company to determine how experienced they are.

  5. I like what you said about how the longer a remodeling contractor has been in business, the better their reputation usually is. We are looking to hire a local contractor to help us remodel our bathroom, and I think if we could find one that has a good local reputation, we would be set. I just want to make sure they are a friendly company to our community and that they care about the work they do!

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