How Do I Find a Great Contractor for Remodeling my Bathroom?

IMG_0465For most homeowners, the prospect of finding the best available contractor for home renovations can be a challenge. This is especially true when you’re planning to renovate key areas of your home, such as the bathroom. Getting fantastic results requires a significant investment, and the finished project is something you’ll live with for a long time. That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced, proven contractor with strict standards of professionalism and safety.

But in many areas, this is easier said than done. There may be dozens of options in your area, each with different standards. Finding a quality professional can make the difference between a positive and negative experience, so how can you make the best possible choice?

Every contractor is different, but there are a few important things to look for. By focusing on bathroom renovation contractors who have the following traits, you’ll maximize your chances of hiring the best possible company for your bathroom renovation needs.

1. The work is guaranteed in writing

When you look over a contract before signing, you should be able to see a written guarantee. This guarantee should make the contractor legally responsible for correcting any errors or significant problems that may occur during renovation. Most qualified professionals guarantee their work for at least one year. If anything breaks or goes wrong due to the quality of installation or workmanship, you’ll have it taken care of for free. Can’t find any guarantee on the contract? Think twice before signing and make sure to raise the issue with your contractor.

2. The contractor has years (preferably decades) of experience

Most contractors will suggest or imply that they have long years of experience in the field, but can they substantiate these claims? Make sure you’re aware of the experience level of the people who will actually be coming to your home to perform the work. Any contractor that’s been in business for over 10 years, and has a proven track record of happy clients, is a relatively safe bet. Experience is important, and your contractor should be able to show it.

3. The contractor has plenty of good reviews

Bathroom renovation is like any form of 21st century commerce: The more positive buzz a contractor has, the better your chances of having a successful business relationship. Due to the subjective nature of online reviews, it’s important to look for review on third-party platforms such as Houzz, HomeAdvisor, Yelp and Google+. Also make sure to ask your friends and neighbors about their experiences with home renovation companies, and make sure to ask the contractor for customer references if you need more convincing.

4. The contractor does not make strange or inconvenient requests

If you stumble upon a company that requires cash payments, or asks for money up front before the work is completed, think carefully before proceeding. Reputable professionals generally do not have cash flow problems and are happy to accept normal payment methods upon completion of the work. They are also likely to send highly skilled staff to work on your project, and leave you with great professional results.

5. The contractor is happy to discuss your project in person or over the phone

When you call a contractor to discuss your bathroom renovation, it’s a great chance to see how they operate professionally. If they’re happy to spend time with you, going over your plans and discussing your budget/time requirements, then you’ve probably found a quality professional. On the other hand, if you find it difficult to get information, or if the staff don’t seem to have time for you, this is an indicator that you probably won’t be happy with the service aspect of the experience.

Putting the right contractor in your corner

Discovering the right contractor for your bathroom renovation is a simple matter of knowing what to look for and what to avoid. By keeping these traits in mind as you research contractors, you’ll be able to focus in on companies that will make you want to recommend them to your friends and neighbors.

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