Remodeling your home or adding an addition can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to decide which contractor to trust with your project. Choosing the right contractor is key to ensuring that your remodel or addition is completed correctly and on time. In this blog post, we will provide some tips to help you find the perfect contractor for your home remodels or addition.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website has access to all licensed contractors in Minnesota. Check to make sure they have a current license and are up to date on their continuing education.
Ask them for references from previous customers and check for Google reviews.
When reading reviews one thing to look for is consistent communication from the contractor. Any remodel or addition takes a lot of coordination between the contractor and the homeowner.
You the homeowner also deserve to know the day-to-day schedule of your project.
The contractor should meet you in person on-site to discuss the scope of the project. Ask the contractor if this project is a good fit for their company, and the steps for bidding, designing, permitting, and caring for your home during the build of the project. On larger projects that require structural modifications like an attached garage, sun room, interior wall changes for the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, or footprint changes to a lake home that require a site permit, we provide a budget number for the project. If the budget is in line with the customer’s expectations we then move into a design and detailed estimate phase.
On storm damage work make sure the contractor is licensed in Minnesota and local to where you live so they can follow up on any warranty work if needed. When shopping for contractors be sure to compare multiple bids for your kitchen remodel including pricing, timeline and portfolio references from past projects. When comparing portfolio examples be sure to ask questions about the materials used in each kitchen remodel as well as how long it took them to complete each one. To get a better idea of what type of kitchen remodel fits your needs, ask the contractors to present specific examples from their portfolios that are similar to your desired remodel. You may also want to ask them what kind of safety protocols they have in place when working in your kitchen during the remodel. Lastly, be sure to ask them what kind of warranties they offer on kitchen remodels – as this will help ensure that you are properly covered throughout the entire process!
The contract should explain in detail what is being provided and what is not being provided. How change orders will be discussed and provided.