There have been plenty of horror stories about home remodel jobs. They’ve gone over budget. They’ve taken twice as long. They had shoddy workmanship. All of those issues can probably be traced back to a bad contractor. Unless you plan on doing the entire remodeling job yourself, then you’re going to need a contractor. This is the person who hires the crew, pulls the permits and secures all the building materials. The contractor is also the person who is supposed to be supervising the entire project. If you want to find the right contractor for your remodel job, start with recommendations from your friends. These are the folks who you can ask, “How did the job go?” Hopefully, you’ll get a straight answer!
Once you have your list of recommendations, you should do a little research. You might be able to find reviews of the contractors on sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. Although it’s hard to please all the people, all of the time you can still get a good sense about a contractor’s performance from these reviews. If nine out of ten people rave, then it’s a good pick. If that number is with bad reviews, then you might want to think twice about hiring that contractor.
Next, you should have a face to face meeting with your prospective contractor. Let them see the area where the remodel will happen. Ask them if they are going to be directly involved with the project or will they be passing it off to a subcontractor. Here’s a hint: you don’t want a subcontractor.
Although the contractor is supposed to handle all aspects of the remodel, you can reduce costs by managing some aspects of the project on your own. For instance, you could hire Junk King to handle the building material disposal. You’re going to create a lot of waste with the demolition and scraps off leftover lumber. The goal should be to get rid of your construction waste ASAP. You can schedule a building material disposal appointment with Junk King at the end of your first day or week of the project. The Junk King crew will swoop in at the appointed hour, pick up all the waste, load it onto their truck and make sure it is properly disposed of. While they’re at it, that same crew can remove any other bulk items you want to get rid of. As long as you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might as well have a clean garage and attic. For your remodel, hire a skilled contractor. For your building material disposal hire Junk King to insure your job is done right.