Remodeling your basement is a great way to end up with more usable living space in your home as well as potentially increasing the resale value of your home. Whether you need an extra bedroom, a home office, a home gym or an extra kitchen, you can usually get the extra space you need by renovating your basement.
All basement finishing contractors are not created equal, so it is going to be important that you take the time to properly research potential basement contractors before hiring one for your project. When beginning any search for a home remodeling professional, it is always good to have some guidelines. You may want to consider the following as you conduct your search.
There is no greater indicator of a contractor’s reliability and competence than a good or bad reputation. As you begin your search for a basement contractor, take the time to look for online reviews, comments, testimonials and other sources of customer feedback to get an idea of a potential contractor’s reputation.
Licensing is another consideration. A potential contractor has to be licensed by by the state or local government to work as a contractor in your community. Licensing is proof that a potential contractor has the necessary knowledge and experience to qualify for credentialing in his or her state or locale.
Proof of insurance is another very important consideration. Any potential basement contractor should be insured for at least the amount of your renovation project’s value. This will ensure that you will be covered in the unlikely event that things do not go as planned and you find yourself facing significant completion costs.
When looking for a qualified basement contractor, always request references. A basement contractor bidding for your project should be able to provide you with references that you can call on to confirm that the contractor in question is a good choice for you. When calling references, be sure to ask about everything from work ethic to neatness on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a list of questions before you make your calls.
Once you’ve narrowed down your candidates list to a manageable size, an interview is in order. It is important for you to sit down face to face with each basement contractor you are considering. During these interviews, make sure that you ask any questions you have about your particular project including materials to be used, time frame, costs, and the number of persons who will be working on your basement renovation. It is also a good idea to verify that the contractor you are interviewing will actually be the person supervising the job and that the work done will be backed by a guarantee, in writing.
Project cost is the final consideration. Price should never be the sole factor for choosing a basement contractor; however, cost should be considered in the search process. Any potential basement contractor’s bid should be reasonably in line when compared to other bids for the same project. Bids that are on the extremes of high or low should be cause for concern.
Make sure that you take the time to properly screen all potential contractors before you actually hire one for your basement finishing project. It is extremely important to find out as much as you can about a contractor’s background, reputation, licensing and references. Taking the time to check up on potential contractors will save you many headaches and money and will ultimately ensure that your basement renovation is a success.