Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The RIGHT Contractor

So, you've been dreaming of remodeling your bathroom for some time now. You feel your bathroom is dated and uninspiring. Maybe it's original to the house, and it has that wonderful 1982 wallpaper. As you flip through the channels, you inevitably find yourself watching HGTV, wondering how they make the renovation process look so simple.

Well, remodeling a bathroom doesn't have to be complicated. I honestly believe a good contractor is the most important piece of the renovation puzzle. The right contractor will use his or her knowledge and experience to make the process as quick and easy for you as possible. But, how do you find the right contractor for your project?

Here's a few tips to help guide you to the right contractor...

1. Ask your family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations. It's possible that they have hired a contractor in the past, and if their experience was a good one, they will be more than happy to tell you about it. On the other hand, if they were unfortunate enough to have a miserable experience, you'll know whom to steer clear of.

2. Search online. Never has there been so much information available right at our fingertips. Visit contractor websites. Look for pictures of their work and client reviews. Gather as much information about the selected few you would like to meet with. The more you know, the better off you will be.

3. Make sure the contractor is properly licensed. Ask for his or her license number and VERIFY the information online. Every state has an online database where you can look up a license number. If you live in Florida, head over to the online database , type the license number into the appropriate field, and click the search button. Immediately, you will know if the person is licensed. Stay far away from unlicensed contractors!

4. Plan on interviewing at least 3 contractors. Invite them to your home and have them provide you with a written estimate. While they're at your home, ask lots and lots of questions. This will give you a pretty good indication of whether or not you might enjoy dealing with this person during the weeks it may take to complete the job. A good contractor will appreciate your interest in the process, and will gladly answer all of your questions and concerns. I've always found my best experiences to be with inquisitive, well-informed home owners.

Using these tips will help you find the right contractor for your project.

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