Renovating your home – whether you’re just remodeling a bedroom or renovating your entire house – is a highly personal project. The old saying is true: “Home is where the heart is.” Most people have an emotional attachment to their home that can run deep, especially if they love where they live enough to invest in upgrading, remodeling, and completely renovating it. That’s why you shouldn’t invite just anyone in to work on it.
Choosing the right contractor is really a process of selecting someone to trust with your personal space. To do that correctly, you need to spend some time learning about them, what their qualifications and experience are, and – very important -- how they work. This requires more than just a quick phone conversation. It’s an opportunity to sit face-to-face and determine if the chemistry is right; if the contractor in question is really interested in putting the time and effort into understanding what you’re trying to do and what you expect to achieve with your project. An in-person interview is also an opportunity to read visual signals to see how comfortable, or uncomfortable, they are answering your questions. A simple conversation will reveal the contractor who takes pride in their craftsmanship and the contractor who is only interested in making a quick buck.
Of course, qualifying your contractor requires more than getting answers to some questions. After all, once they’ve packed up their tools and left, you’re stuck with the results – unless you’re willing to spend more time and money paying someone else to fix their mistakes. Proper qualification includes asking third parties for input: past clients, your town’s building inspector, non-competing service providers who may have experience with them. Gathering all of this diverse information is a great way to gain insight into the person and business practices of any contractor you’re considering.
As a respected design/build firm with decades of construction experience, we’ve been involved in more than our share of client interviews, many of which came about because the previous contractor proved less-than-satisfactory, resulting in the homeowner hiring us to fix their problems. In the process, we’ve come to appreciate the breadth and depth of questions we’ve been asked and made note of the most valuable and appropriate ones that we believe everyone should ask.
Here is a list of the top 25 questions every constructor should answer before being hired. We encourage you to download this list to have handy when you’re interviewing contractors for your next project:
The answers to these questions can help homeowners reduce the risks associated with any renovation project and ensure they are working with a reliable, respectable, and predictable contractor.
We encourage you to review this list of questions and add your own based on your specific needs and what’s important to you to ensure that you get the answers you need to feel comfortable hiring a contractor. A comprehensive interview process such as this will enable you to find the right fit for your family and build a relationship with a company eager to work with you and help you succeed with your project.
Curious about how we would respond to these questions? Send us an email and we’ll reply with our set of answers.
To learn more about the home renovation process, please read our eBook, “The Homeowner’s Guide to Creating the Dream Home You’ll Love.” And if you are ready to speak about your next renovation, please schedule a home renovation discovery session.