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How to hire the right contractor for your remodel

Remodeling projects for your home can be as intimidating as they are rewarding. Having the right team to get the job done can make a huge difference. The first thing is to determine what kind of professionals you’ll need for your particular project. Small jobs may only require trade specialists such as a plumbing contractor, while larger projects may necessitate architects, design-build companies, interior designers, or all of the above. Whatever help your remodel needs, selecting the companies or individuals that fit your project is important. Here are five ways to screen prospective contractors:

#1: Check their experience
How long have they been in business? How much work have they done on projects similar to yours?

#2: Get references
Call references and ask questions about quality of workmanship, communication and dependability.

#3: Check their credentials
Most areas require that contractors be licensed and insured. A good contractor won’t hesitate to provide such documentation.

#4: See their work
Look at pictures, but also visit recent and older projects to view the craftsmanship and durability of work done.

#5: Establish trust
A contractor with a detailed, specific plan is important, but you should also feel in your “gut” that you could trust someone with a project of this magnitude. Being comfortable with your contractor is very important.

Hopefully these guidelines help you in your search for the right remodeling professionals. If you’d like references or other assistance, I’d be glad to help. In addition, my website is full of tips. If I can be of service in any way, don’t hesitate to call.

Regina Zak Tomas, Real Estate Expert, 773-520-1522

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