Bathroom Remodeling Can Kill The Resale Value Of Your Home
This story has been told many times but the end results can be far different. This story is about bathroom remodeling and the walk through the land mine of finding a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor without you or your home getting blown up. Choosing the right contractor will make your journey fun and safe for you and your home. Bathroom remodeling will help increase your homes value and make it enjoyable to live in.
The scope of the project:
As with any construction project you must have a budget. The size of the budget has to do with the why the bathroom is being remodeled. If the bathroom is in rough shape and all new fixtures are needed and the flooring and sub flooring must be replaced. That’s much different than just painting and replacing the shower head and the faucet on the lavatory. What ever the scope of the project is have a maximum budget written in stone.
Be armed with knowledge and Questions: OK now we know the amount of money we are going to spend it is time to do some price checking. If your want a new shower, lavatory, stool and tile for the floor then lets go check some prices. You can do this on line but sometimes it is better to visit a big box store so you can find the fixtures that are aesthetically pleasing and in your price range. Take note’s on model numbers and prices. If you are getting new flooring look at your options, and armed with the dimensions of your bathroom ask for help pricing the materials. There is more than the tile cost involved. it is also any material that is needed to finish the project, like cement and grout. Ask lots of questions and take lots of notes. In most cases the big box stores have an expert that you can get answers to all your questions. Trust me on this, the more questions your ask the better you will be at selecting a Bathroom remodeling contractor.
How To find Contractors For The Estimates:
Calling remodelers from the yellow pages is not the best way to start your search for a contractor. A better way is to ask your friends and family who they know or have used in the past. Ask your co-workers and don’t be shy to ask the people in management. They will be more than happy to help. They respond to being asked for and will be glad to providing contractors they have used. Ask the people in the plant maintenance where you work. They know lots of companies that they come in contact every day. Ask at your local hardware store. Do you know of business in your home town that had some remodeling done. If so ask who they used and how satisfied they were.
The interview process:
Now you have several remodeling contractors that you can call to give written estimates on your ‘s time to call. Don’t have them all come on the same day. It would be better to do one a day till you have interviewed three minimum and four or five is better. The bigger the project the more bids you want. If this is big project then you will want to have a second interview after you have visited with all them the first time. Be observant when conducting the screening process. Were they on time. What shape was the vehicle in. Was it reasonable maintained. Did he answer your questions. Did he seem knowledgeable. First impressions should not be ignored. Usually after interviewing three to five contractors you will have learned lots of information about bathroom remodeling. It is a good idea to have the best come back to nail down any details that were not clear the first time around.
Narrowing It Down:
The more detail that is in the written bid the better it will be for both you and the bathroom contractor. Don’t forget to get the start and completion date. If there is any debris who is responsible for it’s removal. Always pay for the materials to the company supplying them. If its a small job then this may be overlooked if you choose. Make sure the payment schedule is clear both you and the contractor. Leave the biggest part to be paid after the job is completed and you are satisfied. Don’t make the mistake of paying when there is even the smallest task is not completed. The bigger the project the more bids you want for the job.
If you break the project down into small parts it will not seem so overwhelming. Remember you start with a budget and you should have a maximum amount that you can spend on your bathroom remodeling project. Knowing the right question to ask will results in educating your self about the pieces and parts of the project. the more you educate your self the easier it will to make the best selection of a contractor. Get all the details spelled out in the bid agreement. One last detail that is sure the contractor has all the different insurance needed including workman’s if that is what you state or city requires. Hey take a deep breath and have fun the bathroom remodeling project.