Now that you’ve finally decided to have your bathroom remodeled, the first order of business is finding the best professional bathroom contractors that will not only do the job, but suit your personality and renovation needs as well.
Although some may suggest a DIY bathroom remodeling, you have to keep in mind that while some parts of the project maybe easy for beginners or for those with zero experience in building and rebuilding, the complexity of this job means that hiring a pro isn’t such a bad idea. After all, mistakes in this room can be costly or even deadly, especially with the combination of electricity and water. Moving a waste stack or a load-bearing wall is nothing to fool around with, either.
So, whether you’re buying, selling, or just want to update, did you know that a bathroom remodel provides great return on investment? In 2016, a report shows a nation-wide 65.7 percent ROI for bathroom remodels.
Before you acquire the services of the first bathroom remodeling company you hear about, here are some things to consider and everything you have to know about hiring professional bathroom contractors:
They should be licensed.
This is the most important one. You have to make sure they are not only professionals and good at their jobs, but also licensed. Know that in the event that you hire someone who is not, the possibility of them screwing up one way or another is very likely.
Licensing varies by state. Most states require some sort of license for home improvement contractors, but others don’t require one at all. The National Association of Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) lists member licensing boards for most states, 4 but it’s possible that your state isn’t a member. Visit your state’s government website to determine whether local contractors require licenses.
Keep in mind that being licensed doesn’t mean a remodeler will deliver great work. In some cases, a license just indicates that a business pays its taxes and carries the minimum required insurance. It doesn’t guarantee you’ll love how your new kitchen looks.
Any violations will be your problem and your cost, and if anyone is injured on your premises later due to non-code installations, you’ll be in trouble again.
Contractors are not necessarily designers.
While some bathroom remodeling companies offer full-scale operations—inclusive of everything that has to do with renovating a bathroom from planning, design and execution. Some contractors, on the other hand, are just contractors, obliging you to have a bathroom design ready in hand before the remodeling even begins.
They should provide a clear contract.
The contract outlines the scope of the project. It is the binding document of each party’s responsibilities to each other. Make sure it contains:
- Details about the materials being used.
- A clear description of what the contractor will do, such as protect personal property at the job site and clean up daily and upon completion of the job.
- Approximate start date and completion dates.
- The total price, payment schedule, and any cancellation penalties.
- A warranty covering materials and workmanship for at least one year.
Ask About HOA Compliance
If you live in a condominium or house that is subject to homeowners’ association (HOA) standards, confirm that prospective remodelers are able to follow the rules before starting any project.
HOAs typically regulate any remodel that modifies common property (for example, walls that connect townhomes or plumbing systems that serve multiple condos), involves noisy construction, or affects anything under the organization’s control.
Not only will your remodeling require HOA approval, but contractors will have to accommodate specific HOA stipulations. These might include using noisy equipment only during certain hours of the day, using certain types of tile on the floors, or making changes that affect your home’s exterior – it all depends on your HOA!
Deciding on which contractor to hire should be well-thought of.
In order to choose which company’s service to acquire for your home or property project, it is best that you have an initial research about the background, performance, and reputation of your options.
Moreover, referrals and word of mouth are still the best ways to track down a reputable bathroom remodeling contractor. There are a lot of online forums which discuss ideal and commendable options which you can try and look more into. By researching, you will have an idea on what to expect when it comes to their fees and pricing, performance and overall presentation of their work and their business.
Researching is also a way of narrowing down your options. Since you have pulled out the not-so-ideal contractors from your list of options, you can contact and arrange for them to come to your home to give you written estimates.
Qualities of a great bathroom remodeling contractor:
Great Credentials – During your research, find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from state and local municipalities, along with designations from any professional associations. This will certify their credibility and ability to uphold to certain standards upheld by the organization.
Offers open communication – Bathroom remodeling can be technical sometimes, and great contractors move and proceed with the project with their clients understanding reasons why they need to do it and such. They should also be open for suggestions, ideas and be accommodating to your questions and thoughts about the remodeling. Keep in mind that this should be a partnership—you should not feel like the boss of them, and the other way around.