Remodeling a home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Metro Reconstruction Services offers you some insight into the most important questions to ask your contractor before hiring them for a project. Here are some key questions to ask:
How long have you been doing business in this town?
A contractor who’s been practicing his trade locally for five or 10 years has an established network of suppliers in the area and a local reputation to uphold. That makes them a safer bet than a contractor who’s either new to the business or planning to commute to your job from 50 miles away.
What is our schedule?
A schedule is more than just a start and end date. Having a schedule that outlines tasks and timing will give you a big-picture view of sequencing and deadlines for things such as shingles and gutters. It will also give you a benchmark so that you know if things are slipping by a day or two.
Who will be here every day?
Depending on the size and structure of the company you hire, the answer could vary widely. Many remodelers use a lead carpenter system, where a staff member is responsible for day-to-day work on site, and often swings a hammer as well. Ask your contractor direct questions about who will be responsible for opening and locking up, who will supervise subcontractors on site and who to call on a daily basis with any questions.
Remember, don’t just feel satisfied that you asked the questions. Listen to the contractor’s answers and get concrete examples of his capabilities. Call the references they give you and make sure you are comfortable with the contractor you are choosing. In the end, a successful project is built on trust, and you can trust the contractors at Metro Reconstruction Services. Give us a call to discuss your unique needs.