Part 3: What To Do Before You Say “I Do”

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So, you’ve finally found the one, you’ve found your dream remodeler. He likes you. He really, really likes you! And you think you’re ready to take the next big step: you’re ready to sign a contract with him. But, wait! Before you sign anything legally binding, stop, step back, and ask yourself these questions:

  • Has my contractor provided any references? If so, have I contacted any of them? Even if you have seen a company’s work before or used them previously, it’s important to check out any referrals they provide. And if they don’t provide any, or refuse to when you ask? I would seriously suggest looking for another option.
  • Have I received an all-inclusive scope of work, a fixed-cost bid that reflects this scope, and a thorough scheduleI’ve detailed the importance of each of these items in previous posts, but it bears repeating. Planning and organization on behalf of the homeowner and the contractor is a necessity for a project to go smoothly.
  • Have I researched my prospective contractor? With Google being so well-known that it’s coined its own verb, this question might seem a little redundant, but it’s worth stating. Do a little googling and see if there’s anything note-worthy (good or bad) about the company.
  • How is my gut feeling about this contractor? While all of the above questions are related to facts and logic, something just as important is how you feel about a person. So what if they offer a great price and gorgeous “Before & Afters” to boot? Do you feel like they might break your heart (or your wallet)? Don’t be so quick to sign those papers.

Still feel comfortable with your prospective contractor after quizzing yourself a little? Go ahead, sign those papers. I think it’s safe to say that you’ve found your remodeling soul mate.

Go to Part 4 here: Tile and Lighting and Paint Colors, Oh My!

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