4. Be Realistic
“I want to completely remodel my bathroom for under $500. Oh, and can I have this done over the weekend?”
“In your dreams” is the first thing a contractor will say if you ask them this. And you’ll thank them for bringing you back to reality.
When you try to spread your budget too thin and set unrealistic deadlines, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. From a budget perspective, you generally get what you pay for. Cheap products and services are, well, cheap. Shoddy quality and inexperienced labor will put your project on the fast track to a frustrating experience.
5. Don’t Try to Do Everything Yourself
Remember, experience begets quality. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best to leave it to a professional. Even if you’ve watched a video on YouTube that explains what to do, your first attempt most likely won’t be sufficient. Hiring a contractor is surely worth the money and all the trouble you’ll save yourself.
6. Hire Contractors with References
You wouldn’t hire a babysitter without first looking into their past, Googling them, and talking with others who can vouch for their character. A general contractor is just like a babysitter, except their responsibilities don’t include diaper duty and fixing dinner. Instead, it’s their job to coordinate your project and ensure a satisfactory result. Make sure to get references, and see the quality of the contractor’s work if possible, before signing the contract.
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7. Get it in Writing
For big, expensive jobs, this is a no-brainer. But even for small projects, you should have documentation in case something goes wrong. When you agree on the terms and cost, a signed contract makes any disagreement a black-and-white matter. But know that as much as your contractor is locked into the terms, so are you. You have to follow-through on your end and live up to your responsibilities.