Hiring a professional contractor to do a bathroom remodel is a smart option, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to undertake a DIY renovation. However, you don’t want to choose a contractor based solely on cost. Here are the key questions to ask your bathroom remodeling contractor:
What experience do you have?
Before seriously considering a contractor, you should get a better idea of their experience. Ask them for photos and info on completed renovations that they’ve done. They should also be willing and able to provide you with references who can attest to the quality of their work. Experience is important in ensuring that the remodel is done correctly.
How will you protect my property?
It’s important to find out if the contractor and their crew will clean up after themselves. If the current bathroom will be undergoing any sort of demolition, you want to know that you won’t be left cleaning up the mess. Ask if they’ll be hauling away the materials that are removed, such as broken tiles, fixtures, and hardware. The cost of removal for large amounts of materials may fall on you, or it may be included in the contract. Be sure to find out in advance of any demolition work.
What’s the timeline for the remodel?
In addition to a cost estimate, the contractor should be able to give you an estimated timeline for the project. They should be able to go through each step and explain how long it may take. One thing that you don’t want to have is the contractor begin work and then disappear for days or weeks at a time. You don’t want to be left with a bathroom in disrepair. A quality contractor will value your time and appreciate the need to complete the project within a reasonable time frame.
What warranty do you offer for materials and labor?
The warranty question is a critical one for protecting your home. Ask the contractor if they guarantee the quality of their work and if they provide a warranty as a part of their contract. This is to protect elements of a remodel like plumbing and electrical work, which can be costly to repair, if not done properly the first time. As for the materials that you select as part of the renovation, such as tiles, flooring, fixtures, etc., the contractor may be able to provide you with the information regarding manufacturer warranties. Having a warranty gives you peace of mind.
Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between achieving the remodel results you desire or getting stuck with a failed renovation that leaves you feeling ripped off. Take the time to ask these questions, as well as any others that you may have. Do this before you sign any contracts or agree to begin a bathroom remodel. A qualified, trustworthy contractor will take pride in their reputation. They’ll offer a warranty, stick to a reasonable timeline, and will make sure that you get the finished bathroom you want.
Contact us if you would like to schedule a free in-home estimate and begin your dream bathroom remodel today.