Before you turn over your kitchen, bathroom or basement remodeling job to a local Aurora IL contractor/remodeler, here's a few tips to help you choose the right professional for the job.
There's no shortage of people who call themselves 'contractors', but it takes experience and skills to make a good remodeling contractor.
First step: Before choosing any remodeling contractor, check out their references.
Any experienced remodeler should have plenty of recent references he can give you. Happy satisfied customers are usually eager to endorse and brag on the job tehy received. In some cases you may even be able to arrange to see the actual work done on a customers property.
In that case, your eyes wil tell you much that you need to know. Plus, if you ask the reference a few questions about the contractors overall
Remember, anyone can go out and buy cabinets and counter tops. It's getting them installed properly that matters. How can you be assured that the company you choose will install them correctly?...only by talking to customers who have come before you. There's really no substitute.
Second Step: You should only accept a detailed estimate of what it will take to complete the project.
If a contractor can't tell you what cabinet or tile or fixture is going to be installed, how can you be sure they're installing what you want (and are paying for)?
How will they be able to give you the beautiful kitchen or modern bathroom that you have in mind? It's just too risky to work with a contractor who leaves important details up in the air.
Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you time, money and in some cases, years of regret.
Remodeling is stressful enough without having to worry about guys getting hurt on your property or who is in your home and whether they can be trusted with your belongings.
Step Three: Choose a remodeler who will take the time to guide you through the selection process. You want someone who you can get along with easily, not someone who seems 'difficult' or stubborn about concerns you have. So, in contracting, personality does not matter. Just securing a great price from a remodeler who you don't like working with is no bargain!
Step Four: Assign responsibilities
Going through the process of remodeling is stressful enough without adding the headaches of driving all over town trying to get all of your materials, coordinate deliveries and checking for proper product.
A good remodeling contractor should make sure all materials are ordered on time, handle coordination of the materials, monitor delivery dates, fabrication and installation dates, and check for problems as your start date nears.
Step Five: Choose a remodeler who does not merely sub out your job to the lowest priced sub-contractors. Some contractors simply put your job out to bid to the lowest priced sub-contractors and essentially 'disappear'
Your job should be in the hands of a qualified crew, preferably with the remodeler himself on site.
Today, even a small job takes an experienced remodeler to acheive a great result. You can a find such a professional in Aurora IL with a little leg work. Don't rush into a project, select based on more than just 'price' and you stand a very good chance of becoming a satisfied customer.
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