Choosing a contractor is one of the most important decisions in planning any remodeling job, but especially a bathroom remodel.
We’ve all seen remodeling jobs that turned out just plain bad. Whether the bathroom is too dark, too crowded, or simply doesn’t work, there are a thousand ways for a bathroom remodel to turn out poorly and only a few ways for it to turn out right.
The problem is that we live in an age of do it yourself. There are DIY shows, magazines, and blogs. None of them show the less attractive results of DIY – which are more common than a good result – and few discuss the time spent. This makes even people who are smart enough to use a contractor underestimate the importance of one. If you want a “one and done” bathroom remodel that gets it right the first time, it’s important not just to use a contractor but to use the right one.
If you are looking for a bathroom contractor, here are five questions you should be asking.
How long have you been in business?
Years and years of experience are not the most important part of choosing a contractor, but experience matters. There are many less reputable contractors (AKA scam artists) out there and you can usually tell them by their lack of a long term permanent address. It’s important to look for a contractor who has been around long enough to build a reputation and also accountability.
Are you licensed and insured?
These are the details that make a professional different from an amateur. If something goes wrong with your remodel, you will be happy to have a contractor who has a business license and insurance.
Do you have references?
A good contractor will be able to refer you to many happy former clients. This can give you an idea of their reputation and also what kind of remodeling style they lean toward.
Have you remodeled bathrooms similar to mine?
You probably have a particular style in mind for your bathroom remodeling job. A contractor who has worked on similar bathrooms will understand what you need in your remodeling job and even be able to give you useful suggestions.
Can I get that in writing?
Everything involved in a bathroom remodeling job should be in writing, from the bid to the warranty. You also should ask about subcontractors, so you can get similar details from them.
Choosing the right contractor can make all the difference in your remodel.