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Top 8 Things to Remember

Things that a Remodeling Contractor Won't Tell You

When you are employing a home remodeling contractor for the first time, there are some things that you need to be aware of. Although it may initially seem to be a straight forward business arrangement from a legal point of view, things are a bit more complicated.

It is better to be safe than sorry and end up paying more than your initial budget. This is a trap which many home owners fall into when they hire their first remodeling contractor.

Top 8 Things to Remember

There are many pitfalls when it comes to hiring outside contractors, and there are things that a remodeling contractor won't tell you. Mistakes can cost you dearly, and you may even risk legal action from subcontractors if you are not careful.

  • Recycled Materials

    Most home remodeling contractors will visit your home and give you an estimate of the cost of the project. Some renovation contractors are keen to cut corners at your expense, and may for instance not tell you that they will be reusing some materials which they have realized don't need replacing.

    This is a very common problem and it is important to be aware where all materials for your project are going to be coming from. Be honest with yourself and your contractor and ask him if he plans to reuse original materials.


  • Low Bids

    A low bid may sound great, but you should find out if it is value for money. Your contractor may be using cheap materials and poorly paid workers. The end result can be a poor finish and you may even have to call in another renovation contractor to put things right.


  • Pre Payment

    Some home remodeling contractors ask for large prepayments. If you think that the prepayment is not in line with the cost of materials, you need to ask yourself why.

    Your proposed contractor may have a credit problem, and you could in effect be bailing him out of a financial crisis without knowing you are doing so.


  • Background Check

    Do some research on your proposed contractors, don't be afraid to ask for references and speak to other home owners they have worked for. Make sure employees are reliable and seem to be happy.

    When we take on a new project we are often in a rush to get things done, and we forget about things like project security. If parts of the home are going to be left exposed, find out how the contractor going to be able to guarantee the security of your home. Make sure you and your contractor agreeon suitable security arrangements as you don't want to end up with missing home contents, or damage to your property.

    This is one of the points which some contractors will be very reluctant to discuss as security can mean additional costs.


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