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Remodeling Contractor

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Remodeling Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Remodeling Contractor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Remodeling Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Remodeling Contractor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Remodeling Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Remodeling Contractor - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Remodeling Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Remodeling Contractor Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Remodeling Service?Most Remodeling Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Remodeling Contractor ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Remodeling Contractor.
Do I need to use a licensed Remodeling Contractor for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Remodeling Contractor must be licensed to provide most Remodeling Services. To check a Remodeling Contractor's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Remodeling Contractor for my project?Your Remodeling Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Remodeling Contractor should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Remodeling Contractor need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Remodeling Contractor. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Remodeling Contractor's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Remodeling Contractor - Services

A Remodeling Contractor can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Remodeling Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Remodeling Contractor - Finding and Hiring

Not every Remodeling Contractor has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Remodeling Contractor matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Remodeling Contractor to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Remodeling Contractor - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Remodeling Contractor. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Remodeling Contractor. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Remodeling Contractor's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:



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How to hire a Remodeling Contractor

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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