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Working With Addition Remodeling Contractors

How to Save Money When Working with Home Addition Contractors

Working with home addition contractors can be expensive. Before you start any remodeling project, there are a few things to keep in mind. Most importantly of all, it is crucial to know when to call in the contractors.


Simple Ideas and Simple Solutions

First of all you should go though your remodeling project, and try to find as many simple solutions as possible. Make detailed notes of how you are going to approach your new home addition. I even make notes of what tools I have available, as buying tools can be an expensive business. There might be some alternative solutions to your ideas, and by finding simple solutions you might be able to achieve the effect you are looking for and save money at the same time.

Certain parts of the projects such as plumbing, electricity, installing doors and windows should be undertaken by professionals unless you are very experienced. Making a mistake when wiring a new electric circuit can be very expensive.

Getting the Right Price

When you are embarking on a remodeling project it is important to keep an eye on the cost. If you are not careful costs can easily run away with you, and you risk ending up with a bill you can't afford to pay.You should always set a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible.

Before you hire home addition contractor, you should ask for a quote in writing. A professional quote should include three things; price, time scale and materials to be used.

Price

Price We would all like to think that we can trust each other but when you hire contractors, it is always best to take a professional approach. You should always agree on a price with your contractor before any work starts, and make sure he or she can work within the terms of the quotation.

Check that all bills received match the original quotation, any additional costs should be agreed before hand. Sometimes contractors do run into additional expenses but a professional contractor will always discuss them with you before going ahead.


Time

Time is also important. You don't want to end up without a roof of in the middle of winter, so ask your intended contractor to confirm a time scale for all the work within the quotation. Most contractors will be happy to do this as most good companies have other projects to move on to.

It is also a good idea to ask for completion dates for each stage of the project. You may be doing some of the work yourself, and it is good to have a date for when you can start working on your part of the project. For instance, you might be doing all the painting after new doors and windows have been installed.

Materials

I always ask my contractors to include details of what type and quality of materials they are going to use. It is easy to forget this but it is a very important point.

You might be looking for a high quality finish, but if your contractor supplies low grade materials you are not going to be able to achieve this.


Contracts

You should not hesitate to draw up a contract between yourself and your contractor. This does protect both parties, but more than anything it protects your budget. The information which was given to you as part of the quotation should be contained within the contract, and you should also state that any changes or alterations must be agreed before hand.

If there are any disputes after the project has finished, you will have a good case should there be any legal problems. This is particularly important on larger projects.

Taking on a home addition remodeling project for the first time can be a stressful experience, but if you are honest with yourself and your contractor, you will find the project will run smoothly. You should always make sure the final outcome is what you wanted, not want a contractor was prepared to offer you. At the end of the day, it is your home.


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