Carpentry works and renovations add aesthetic appeal to your home. If done right, they can add value to your home and improve your overall satisfaction. However, they can be costly. If you choose the right company, the process can be fulfilling. If not, the whole exercise can be torturous. Luckily, you can use this five steps that will make your experience rewarding.
Scout around from friends, family and online
This is a preliminary stage of your project. Gather general information about renovations without being specific to your immediate need. Look at some of the projects, the challenges, the potential price points for some of the projects that interest you. Talk to people who have done interior/exterior remodel recently. If possible, visit them and check out the work. This process will give you an idea of what is available in terms of trends and designs, materials, among other things.
Take the opportunity to learn something about renovation projects and all that is there to know about them. They say an informed customer is easy to understand. During this stage, you will also realize the potential costs of each project. If you have not prepared adequately about costs, you can take some time to do that before embarking on the second step.
Research specific contractors for your project
After the preliminary stage, you now know something about what you want. You know which materials are required and potential costs of each material. You have made the choices of timber, and at least you know which type goes where. You also know what to look out for in a remodeling contractor.
Some of the basic screeners for interior and exterior remodel contractors include licensing, experience, expertise, insurance, and size. Look for firms within your locality. Check if they are licensed to perform the task you want them to undertake. Ensure they have the skills and experience to complete the job safely. You will also need to look at warranties and credibility.
Prepare a short list of the candidates
Select about three of the most promising candidates. You don’t need to list ten companies because you may not have time to review them all thoroughly. You should have a list of things that you cannot compromise on to guide you when eliminating potential firms. For example, is there a designer or carpenter in the company’s payroll?
Request quotes from each of them. Compare the prices and the items that are included or excluded from the quotes. Notice that the quote comes after you have confirmed that you can work with a certain contractor, not before. This is because the quality of the workmanship must be beyond reproach, irrespective of the price.
You can review previous works; check themes and designs that the contractor prefers; look at the size of the firm or subcontractors, and peruse through general customer feedback.
You may call or schedule an appointment with the expert for this stage. Whatever choice you make, it is up to you to evaluate the chemistry that you will have with this team. Carpentry and remodel works can take time. You will have this team in your house for several days. Ask about how they will make your life comfortable during the process.
Interviews give you an opportunity to go through all the paperwork including licenses, accreditations, insurance, financing plans, and work plans. It is also a good time to go through some of the designs and models that you can use for your project.
Make a verbal agreement with the preferred contractor
This verbal agreement allows you to start drafting contracts and obtaining necessary permits. If you need to make carpentry remodel for a rental facility, you need authorization from the owner, too. Upon completion of the contract, ensure that you read it exhaustively until you are satisfied.
Disagreeing at this stage with your preferred contractor is normal. If it is something that you cannot agree on, you should consider parting ways amicably. If the contract is satisfactory, you can sign it and begin the remodel. Make sure you fix the project commencement date in the contract.
Make your down payment
It is advisable you write a check or make any other payment method that will leave a paper trail. The down payment should not exceed one-third of the project cost.