How to Tell a Good Bathroom Remodeler from a Bad One
The internet is a great resource when it comes to finding a contractor to remodel your bathroom. You can sit in your own living room and see every contractor who services your area and, if you’re lucky, set up an appointment without making any phone calls at all.
Unfortunately, though, there’s a lot of fraud on the internet and it may be difficult to tell which contractors are licensed let alone good at what they do and able to live up to their promises.
When it comes to choosing a contractor, it’s important to consider everything from whether or not they are licensed and insured to how much they charge to the quality of their work. Here are some ways that you can tell a good bathroom remodeling contractor from a bad one.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor has good reviews. The majority of people will turn to social media or review sites before making any buying decisions. Checking social media and other review sites is a great way to see what kind of experiences others have had with a contractor you’re considering. Keep in mind that there will always be at least one negative review, but if the contractor has a lot of reviews, most of them good, they’re probably a good contractor.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor is willing to provide proof of license and insurance. Most anyone would be concerned if a contractor refused to provide proof of their license and insurance or began to act suspicious when asked for the proof. Although they may be good at what they do, it’s best to avoid contractors who are unlicensed and have no insurance.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor communicates well. Communication is of major importance in all aspects of life. Hiring a contractor is no exception. It’s important to choose a contractor who communicates well, keeping you updated on expected deadlines, any hiccups, or changes in cost.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor doesn’t pressure you. Making major changes to your home is stressful enough as it is. A contractor who pressures you into making hasty, cheap, or decisions that don’t fit in your overall plan is one you don’t need.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor has a professional portfolio. Although there may be exceptions where a contractor is good but just getting started, most good contractors will have a professional portfolio of projects they’ve completed. Reviewing their portfolio will give you a good idea of the quality of work they perform and whether or not they’re a good fit for you.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor doesn’t ask for money up front. There may be some cases in which a contractor requires money up front (for example, if they need to special order some parts or pieces) but generally, a good contractor won’t ask for money before services are rendered.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor doesn’t over promise. It’s easy to over promise in order to make a sale. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether or not a contractor is making promises they can’t keep, but checking reviews is one way that can help you decide.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor is willing to provide references. Like with their willingness to provide proof of license and insurance, willingness to provide references is a good sign and will give you more sources of first-hand reviews of the contractor’s work.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor doesn’t require constant supervision. If you want to keep an eye on the contractor you hire, that’s another matter, but if a contractor requires constant supervision in order to stay on task and getting things done, that’s a sign they may not be worth hiring.
A good bathroom remodeling contractor respects your home. A good contractor will take precautions and treat your home with respect. Reviews are, yet again, a helpful way to determine whether or not a contractor will leave trash around your home and break your decorations or scuff up your floors and baseboards without making any efforts to fix what’s been broken.
If everything seems to check out, but you still aren’t sure, listen to your gut. It may help you recognize red flags that you otherwise wouldn’t see.
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