If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, it is important to have a list of questions ready and available before you hire a contractor and/or sign on the line. Be very particular with your questions and insist for specific answers. Any respected contractor wouldn’t only answer your inquires – he or she would respect and welcome them.
While shopping around for the things you would like to put in your new bathroom is vital, shopping around for the proper fit between contractor and customer is equally important. We have provided some questions to ask before remodeling your bathroom so you can be sure to find the right contractor.
Licensed and Insured
This is probably the one that has the most logic, but you would be surprised how many people suffer unfortunate incidences by not hiring a contractor who is licensed and insured.
By making sure a contractor is licensed and insured you’re protecting yourself on many levels. Having a license means someone takes their craft seriously enough to get the required license to back them up, while having a contractor who is insured will offer you peace of mind just in case of an accident.
Years in Business
Don’t be ashamed to ask about the contractor’s background. Inquire on how long they have been in business, if it’s a family-owned and operated business, and whether or not they can provide recommendations and referrals.
The more interaction you have with the contractor, the more will learn about them. If you’ve got a contractor who is in too much of a rush to get started, then perhaps that contractor could also be in too much of a rush to get subsequent job done. you want someone who will give you his or her undivided attention from the start.
Can you See Their Work
Ask if they have photographs of their work. Any contractor would and will be honored to show off their projects to you. If not, there may be a reason and you should find out. Also, ask them if they have a website where others can view the comments of other happy customers, pictures, pricing, and basic content on the jobs they are doing and their about us page.
Warranties and Guarantees
Make sure that you have enough conversation about the warranties and guarantees that go along with your work scope. Should you have any questions, always ask and correspond by email. This way you have a written record of questions and answers so there is no misunderstanding on who said what, when.
Don’t be afraid to ask for an additional six months warranty or guarantee as a first-time customer either.
When hiring a contractor, the more conversation, the more you get to know them, the better.