When you decide to give your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or patio a makeover, you have to consider how you’re going to make that decision a reality. If you don’t have the skill or time to remodel your home by yourself, you should hire a contractor. Choosing a contractor to hire in North Carolina doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You just have to go about it in a systematic way. The following tips can help you look for a contractor that suits your needs.
1. Look for recommendations
Start with a list of five or so contractors in your area, like Emerald Isle or Wilmington, who specialize in home improvement. You can ask your friends who renovated their own homes recently if they can recommend contractors. Online reviews, third-party testimonials, and social media pages of contractors based in North Carolina can also help you compile your list. Begin narrowing down your options by getting in touch with each one of the contractors on your list. Ask them for a portfolio featuring their recent work for the past five years and a free quote concerning the cost of your home renovation.
2. Compare portfolios and prices
Make a table of your contractors featuring your assessments of their portfolios, their quoted prices, and their specialties. If you only need to renovate a particular section of your house, such as your kitchen, consider including in your table only those contractors who said they can renovate kitchens.
When you compare portfolios, check the contractor’s eye for detail and creativity. The pictures that they send you should be crisp and clear. It would be better if each of their listed projects includes contact details of their previous clients so that you can verify their claims with these people. Furthermore, portfolios shouldn’t include sample blueprints and sketches as well as pictures of their finished work. Use their portfolio to assess how they combine the art and science of renovation.
From the table of contractors you made, decide which ones are not worth your money based on the quality of their portfolio. Always remember to balance affordability with quality. Reduce your list to only two contractors who meet your criteria. Then, schedule a surprise visit to at least one or two of the sites these contractors worked on.
3. Pay a visit to at least one of their finished project sites
Assess the quality of the contractors’ output for yourself. Check the materials they used and the evenness of the tiles in the bathroom and kitchen. The grout or caulking should be smooth and the edges of the tiles themselves should be cut finely. Excess grout indicates poor masonry skills.
Note how they arranged the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Does their arrangement allow unrestricted freedom of movement? Is the layout logical and ergonomic? Also, check iif the countertops are evenly leveled and curbed.
Walk around the house and observe the paint on the ceilings and walls, as well as the smoothness of the floorboards. The coats should be even, and the edges of the floorboards should be firm and snug. Then go outside and check the deck, patio, and windows. Based on everything you’ve seen, decide which of the two contractors left on your list fits your needs.
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