Sponsors Spotlight: How to Find and Hire a Renovator that’s Right for You
Are you tired of cooking in an old-fashioned kitchen or spending time in a cramped living space? If you’re a homeowner willing to make improvements to your home rather than selling and buying a new home, it might be time to renovate. If your renovation involves structural, electrical or plumbing work, you should seriously consider hiring a professional renovator.
A professional renovator ensures that your home’s construction is safely completed and meets high quality standards. Some projects take a lot of time and money, so it’s important to choose a contractor you can trust. Here are five pro tips for finding and hiring a renovator.
Use a professional directory. A general internet search for renovators will generate dozens of names. How do you control them all? The best place to start is with a directory of professional renovators. The King & Snohomish County Master Builders Association has a directory of professional renovators in your area dedicated to the highest professional and ethical standards in the home building industry. This directory can help you find a renovator with specialized training and all are members of the Local Renovator Council.
Look for potential renovators. A professional renovator will likely have a website and / or social media accounts that feature past home improvement projects. Check out these and other professional construction websites, such as Houzz, which may also have photos of the completed project and reviews. Typically, online reviews can contain a mix of positive and negative comments. It is important to focus on descriptions of experiences and qualities that are important to you as a customer. Reliable references can also come from family, friends and neighbors. Ask them about the type of renovation work done on comparable homes with similar schedules.
Refine your list. A good rule of thumb is to check that your potential contractor has the appropriate license and a good track record. Your local or state consumer protection office will likely have information on the contractor you are looking for. You should be able to verify that the renovator has the correct licenses and registrations.
Log in and ask questions. A qualified renovator will be outspoken and answer any questions you may have about their work experience, knowledge of homes in your area, and details related to the residential building permit process. Ask how long their business has been in the community and ask for referrals. You also want to make sure the contractor has insurance that will protect you against claims arising from property damage or injury on the job site.
Explore the steps for quotes and contracts. To make sure you and your contractor agree on the scope of the project, it’s important to be on the same page on the details. A qualified renovator will provide a written quote before starting work and provide a detailed contract. The contract must clearly specify what work will and will not be performed and provide a payment schedule.
Overall, your home improvement project should be a positive experience if you work with a professional who meets your needs. Trust your instincts when hiring a renovator. You will be spending a lot of time with your renovator throughout your project, so trust and regular communication are essential.
A home is one of the most important investments most Americans make, and it is also one of the most important. Alterations and renovations will enhance the value of your home. We hope these tips will help you determine which contractor you can count on to get your next project done in a professional manner.
For more information on finding, evaluating and working with a renovator, see the Consumer Advice page at Irons Brothers Construction.
– By Joseph Irons, Irons Brothers Construction