For starters, recognize what you need done and then ask your neighbors, colleagues, relatives and friends, especially the ones who have undertaken remodeling projects or work in the construction industry, to recommend a right remolding contractor. Additionally, peruse online resources including local business listings, directories and reliable review sites and forums.
Interview Potential Candidates
Once you’ve identified suitable candidates, interview each candidate with the aim of finding the best candidate for your home renovation project. During the interviews, focus on crucial details including a contractor’s insurance coverage, certification, expertise and industry networks. Additionally, find out whether a contractor values his/her working relationships or not. A contractor who does not appreciate his/her working relationships is unlikely to appreciate your working relationship. In essence, a license and insured home improvement contractor, such as Austin Fanning GC Home Remodeling, would be an ideal choice.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs classifies building contractors into two broad categories: home improvement contractors and new home builders. The former only elevate and renovate existing buildings, meaning they are the ideal contractors for home renovation projects. That said, under the Contractors’ Registration Act, home improvement contractors in New Jersey have to register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and renew their licenses every year unless specifically exempted. Contractors who adhere to this requirement can obtain municipal construction permits and undertake home improvement projects in the state.
Contractors should carry workers’ compensation insurance and liability insurance. The former covers work-related injuries, whereas the latter covers property damage (damage to your property). Additionally, your preferred contractor must provide you with a copy of his/her commercial general liability insurance policy, as well the contact details of the insurance company.
Get Multiple Estimates
Get multiple work estimates (at least three quotes) to eliminate contractors who overcharge or undercharge clients. It is worth noting that, while extremely low quotes may be tempting, contractors who undercharge often take shortcuts or lack the necessary expertise, meaning they are unlikely to do a good job. Ideally, you should choose a quote that is neither too high nor too low.
According to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, you should obtain a contract if your remodeling project costs at least $500. The agreement should include all the vital details including the contractor’s legal business name and contact details, project description, start date, completion date and the cost of the project. Additionally, all guarantees and warranties should be in writing, and the contract should state the grades/quality of materials to be used or the name brands. To ensure material suppliers do not ask you for money once you have paid the contractor, ask the contractor for a lien waiver before you sign the contract. Moreover, avoid a contractor who asks you to sign a statement that says you will cover the costs of labor and materials if the contractor fails to pay.