In this blog post, North Georgia bathroom remodeler, Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling discusses how to hire a restroom remodel professional and tells you what type of questions you should ask before allowing anyone to begin construction in your home.
How to Hire a Bathroom Remodeler
When it comes to bathroom remodeling and bathroom renovations, it is always best to leave the work to the professionals. And by professionals, we do not mean fly-by-night or drop-in contractors that happen to be in your neighborhood and have an amazing deal to offer you! We are talking about tried and true home remodelers who come with insurance, licenses, experience and great references.
Whether you find these experts through the Yellow Pages, on the Internet or through word of mouth, you should always perform your due diligence and research the company well before allowing them to step foot in your house. An important part of this is the interview process and reference checks. While this may seem daunting, never fear – we have some questions that you should ask and signs to look out for that will help you weed out bad contractors from legitimate bathroom remodeling firms.
How to Find a Reputable Bathroom Remodeler
There are many ways to locate a bathroom remodeler in North Georgia or anywhere else in the United States. You can search on directory sites such as Angie’s List or Google bathroom renovation experts in your area. If you go this route, be sure that you look at customer reviews, but be wary of this process, as not all reviews are created equal. In addition to the possibility of paid reviews, there are also reviews by competitors seeking to harm a legitimate business’ reputation through fake reviews.
At the end of the day, the best method to finding a great bathroom remodeler is through word of mouth – ask friends and family members for the name of anyone they have used to remodel or renovate their bathrooms.
Once you have several names, it is time to move on to the next step: the interview.
How to Interview a Bathroom Remodeler
Your initial interview with a restroom remodeler will likely be on the telephone – especially if you did not find them through a friend or relative. You will want to ask them for basic information, such as their license number, if they offer any warranties or guarantees on completed work, and any references from past customers. If they refuse to give you any of this information, or do not have any of it, it is time to move on to the next candidate.
When conducting an in-home interview, questions are not the only important thing to consider. For starters, the remodeler should arrive on time. Check his appearance – is he clean and well groomed? Is he disheveled? Little details like this can tell you a lot about your potential worker. No matter how busy he is, he should always arrive on time and should look professional – no excuses. The same goes for his vehicle. Does he have a clean, well-cared for truck? Is this company logo and license number displayed on the vehicle? If not, proceed with caution.
When asking questions, take note of the renovator’s mannerisms. Is he polite? Is he patient with your questions? Is he open to listening to your ideas and thoughts? Above all else, communication should flow easily. Lack of good communication during the interview process is a definite sign to move on.
Be sure to ask questions about any relevant experience or training the remodeler has, any past work that he conducted that would be similar to yours, and any ideas he may have to help improve your project. He should answer honestly, and a great remodeling professional will always set realistic goals and let you know if something is within your budget.