Remodeling 101

What to Look for in a Remodeling Contractor

We have all heard home renovation horror stories. Whether it’s a DIY disaster or an under qualified contractor, there is a lot that can go wrong when you set out to remodel your home. The most crucial step you can take to have an amazing, successful remodel is to hire a great contractor. Here are 3 of the most important things to consider when hiring a contractor: 

Get Recommendations & References

You should always seek out recommendations and references for a remodeling project. While online reviews can be helpful and are a good place to start, they should be taken with a grain of salt. A couple disgruntled home owners’ reviews may not accurately reflect the contractor’s or company’s work and professionalism. Instead, ask your family members, friends, neighbors, anyone you know who has had a part of their home remodeled. Find out who did their remodel and if they were happy with the work that was done. You can check out a contractor’s past projects by talking with someone who recommended them, speaking with the contractor’s company, or searching online. Clayton Hoover and Sons provides testimonials and videos of their work process at claytonhoover.com/media/

Look at Credentials

Other things to look for in a good contractor are their credentials. Are they located in the South Bend / Mishawaka area? Local companies are much easier to stay in contact with throughout the remodeling process. How long have they been in business? Clayton Hoover and Sons has more than 75 years of experience, which is noted on claytonhoover.com/about-us/. What certifications do they have? Looking at certifications is a good indicator of how experienced and trustworthy the company is. It means your remodel will be safe and up to code. Does the company carry insurance? Your contractor’s insurance policy protects you as the homeowner from responsibility for an injury sustained on your property.

Don’t Decide Based on Price

If the pricing seems too good to be true, it usually is. Look for a contractor who is neither the cheapest nor most expensive. You should go into the remodeling process with a budget in mind but you have to have flexibility with your budget. Talk with the contractor about how the renovations will increase the value of your home and how it will compare to similar homes in Northwest Indiana. You want a contractor who respects your budget and timeframe, but won’t sacrifice regulations, safety, or quality to meet your expectations. Look at the contractor’s past work and get an estimate. You can request an estimate from Clayton Hoover and Sons at claytonhoover.com/remodeling/, then talk with the contractor in a meeting about your vision for the final result.

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