Who doesn’t want to live in a house that guarantees envious looks from neighbours and passer byes? But the problem arises when you are stuck with your old home which you cannot tear down and build a gorgeous new structure over it. The answer to your dilemma lies in home renovation and millions around the world have taken this route to get swanky new homes where their old ones once stood. Further, home renovation adds to the life span of the structure as foundation and basements will be fortified and renovated too.
If you are planning to take up home renovation the two most critical aspects is getting a builder who can make your dreams come true as well as work within your budget. The latter is particularly difficult as the costs keep piling up as you introduce more and more changes as construction goes on. After all it’s not every day that you will opt for home renovation and you will naturally want to finish off in style – installing the latest fixtures and home automation systems for example as an afterthought to the original plans!
When choosing the best renovating company, do so with a lot of care and approach the project meticulously. It will ultimately be the difference in leading a happy life in your newly renovated home and sleepless nights because of perennial problems that might crop up.
Here are a few tips on how to choose the best renovation company while staying within your budget.
- Get referrals – Getting referrals from friends, relatives and neighbours is the right way to start off. Word of mouth referral is usually more dependable than finding a contractor by searching the Internet. This way, you can get a firsthand account of the quality of work of the contractor, whether the work was finished on time and if the job was completed within the allotted budget. You will get immediate information and feedback.
- Evaluate credentials – Once you get a few recommendations. Do some sleuthing on your own either over phone or by visiting the contractor’s website. Check accreditations, certifications, licences and other designations from regulatory bodies such as National Association of Homebuilders. Opt for contractors that are fully licensed and insured. All these are an assurance that the renovator of your choice will carry out standard and quality work.
- Interview candidates – Narrow down the number of candidates to about three and set up separate meetings with them. Make direct calls for referrals and refer to the “Contact Us” page on websites if you have selected them from online searches. Discuss your project threadbare, the budget you have in mind and the changes and renovations required. Assessing the confidence level of the renovator to do the job well should be a determining factor in finalising a contractor.
- Check references – Call for references of previous clients and do not hesitate to get in touch with them to evaluate the quality of work done. Get names and addresses of projects that have recently been completed or currently under construction. It might not be of any use if you inspect projects that have been completed years ago. Much might have changed for the company in the meantime.
Follow these few tips and you will surely be able to choose the best contractor for your renovation work.