Tips for hiring a remodeling contractor
Generally, it’s only profitable when selling to renovate severely outdated kitchens or bathrooms; home improvements that don’t add square footage typically do not afford an adequate return on your investment. Exceptions are some less-drastic, cosmetic improvements, such as steam cleaning carpets (especially if you smoke or have pets), power washing windows, sprucing up the yard, hiring a home-cleaning service, pressure washing decks, blasting out gutters, etc.
Here are a few more helpful remodeling tips to consider when selling:
- Get more than one written estimate (at least three written estimates is generally recommended).
- Check references. If possible, personally view earlier jobs the contractor completed.
- Check Angie’s List or with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
- Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
- Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
- Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
- Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t.
- Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether licensed subcontractors will be involved too.
- Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
- Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damages.
- Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.
- Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.