Picking your contractor correctly will help to speed along your home improvement project, ensure higher rates of return on your investment and improve the quality of your life and enjoyment as you benefit from the upgrades, additions or other enhancements. Ask around for recommendations. Or if you spot a home that has been recently improved you may want to knock on the door, compliment the owner and ask for the name of their contractor. Then interview a few candidates and ask them questions to determine their level of experience and expertise, their qualifications and their standard operating procedures.
1. Kitchen Remodeling or Installation
2. Bathroom Upgrades or Installations
3. Roofing, Painting, Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Plumbing
4. Insulating and Energy Savings Improvement
5. “Green” Construction or Makeovers to Make Homes More Eco-Friendly
6. Fireplace and Chimney Installation and Repair
7. Concrete Work, Masonry Projects, Decks, and Patio Creation
8. Carpeting and Flooring
9. Basement Renovations or Attic Conversions
10. Cabinet and Closet Expansions and Additions
11. Building a Garage or Conversion of a Garage into Office or Living Space
12. Tile Work, Wallpaper and Waterproofing
In order to do various home improvement projects, the contractor first needs to consult with the homeowner, offer designs or options for improvements to be done, and then map out a plan and a practical strategy for implementing those improvements in a cost effective way. Depending upon what the project encompasses the contractor may be called upon to communicate plans and ideas to designers and architects, decorators and landscapers, other contractors who might be working on the home, or even with bankers who are lending money to finance the work. But a well-rounded and skillful home improvement expert will know how to perform all necessary functions and play a wide variety of roles in order to ensure a smooth job with minimal glitches, hitches or delays.
The scope of the work will need to be put into writing so that the homeowner and contractor can ensure that they are in full agreement and have a clear understanding of the overall project.
One of the most important things that a home improvement contractor does is to digest all of the relevant information into an outline, bid proposal, and contract.
The outline will essentially describe each facet of the project and offer timelines and cost estimates for each phase of the work to be done.
The bid will summarize the cost of the project so that the homeowner can compare it to other bids.
Finally, the contract will spell out everything and tie it all together into a legal document.