You have heard of the horrors of irresponsible contractors who run away with their clients’ deposit or shoddy workmanship which made it impossible to not redo the renovations on your property again, doubling the cost for the wrong reasons. You will probably want to renovate your house for rent or apartment for sale so, you will need to hire the right contractor from the very start to ensure that there is no waste of money or time.
The easiest option is to engage in a contractor you have always known. Someone who has done some jobs for you previously and you think that the workmanship is good or acceptable within your requirements. Or perhaps, a contractor which your neighbour used, and your neighbour may be pretty pleased with his work. However, you need to know that different contractors may have different set of skills. If your intent is on flooring, you will not look for a contractor who does kitchen cabinets. Or, if you are looking for a contractor for your kitchen, you will not be looking for someone whose expertise is on gates and windows.
In short, you should get the right contractor for the right job, with the technical know-how, business and interpersonal skills to get the job done according to the way you like it. The contractor should ideally have experience doing similar types of projects and with good recommendations from the customers too. The contractor who has similar project experience will know what tools and materials to get the things done, the technical skills and ways to prevent any possible problems that may arise while doing your renovation project. Also, the contractor would have known how to best handle any possible problems that arise should there be anything wrong.
You may wish to discuss your project with a few contractors before committing to hire any of them. You should never rush into getting a contractor. If you have an architect or an interior designer, you might not need to find your own contractor. However, not all of us will be looking for the services of architects and interior designers. Some of us may already have an idea of how we want to get things done, so we only want the contractor to do according to our ideas.
To be continued in Choosing a Good Renovation Company: Part 2