Happy renovating! Are you in the process of renovating your home? If so, it’s important to make sure you’re hiring a reputable and qualified renovation service.
1- Ensure the Contractor is Licensed and Insured
One of the most important things to check for hiring a renovation company is their licenses and insurance. Each state has different requirements regarding licensing and insurance, so find out what’s required in your state before hiring someone. If the person does not have the necessary license or insurance, don’t work with them. Doing so could come at a high cost.
The contractor should provide you with a copy of their license and insurance. If they can’t provide these documents, then move on. Licensing and insurance records should be easily found on the contractor’s website or a simple Google search. Ensure that you have both of these documents in hand before signing any renovation contract.
2- Ensure They Are Registered With The BBB
The second thing to check is whether or not the renovation company is registered with the Better Business Bureau. Check out their rating and other reviews for a better idea of who you’ll be working with. If they have a lot of poor reviews, then it’s probably not worth your time to work with them. If they have a good rating and lots of reviews, then you know they’re doing something right.
The BBB maintains a database of all registered contractors – regardless of the state they’re in. Also, it’s important to note that some contractors are exempt from registering with the BBB. Registration is only required if the company is going to be paid a certain amount for a foreseeable project.
3- Get a Written Contract
Once you’ve found a renovation company with the proper licenses and insurance, it’s time to create a written contract. This is important because it ensures no misunderstandings arise later on about the terms of your agreement. If any changes are made to the original contract, they should be made in writing.
The contract should include all of the details regarding your renovations, such as the estimated cost, the amount of time it’s expected to take, and any deadlines. All changes should be made in writing, and both parties should sign and keep a copy for their records. This means that if you decide to make changes later on, both parties will have a record of them.
4- Be Aware of Zoning Restrictions or Building Codes
Before you hire a renovation company, visit the town or county clerk and find out if any restrictions or ordinances may affect your renovations. Some towns have rules regarding signage size, noise levels, property hours, type of work on homes, etc. These things can be especially important to check into if you’re looking for someone to do renovations on your home.
Most building codes are set in place to protect the health and safety of homeowners. For example, having proper egress (the number of exits there are) is required if renovating your home’s basement area.
Hiring a renovation company can be an exciting process. Many people are eager to get started once they find the right contractor, but it’s important to make sure you’re hiring someone with proper licensing and insurance. Also, it’s crucial to create a written contract with any changes in writing.