Many would think that since the bathroom is not used as frequently as the bedroom or the living room, its deterioration is much slower than the others used more frequently. The truth is, this is wrong. Years of constant use and wear can take a toll on your bathroom, your budget, and even your sanity. Don’t let it get to that point.
Bathroom renovation means the updating or installing new of bathtubs, showers, surrounds, tile, sinks, vanities, toilets, flooring and even towel bars. Some contractors may refer to this as a bathroom upgrade. On the other hand, bathroom remodeling consists more than simply replacing various fixtures in the bathroom. This usually involves a different design layout, relocation of existing fixtures or adding major new features such as a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, walk-in shower, windows other than replacements or skylights. Most bathroom remodeling projects usually include some form of expansion. Thus walls and closets are taken out and moved to the new layout design.
Now that you have made the smart decision of hiring professional bathroom contractors instead of DIY-ing your bathroom remodel project, the next decision you have to make is which company to hire and acquire services.
Before you remodel your bathroom, it is important to know how to choose a contractor and what qualities and clues you should look for. According to experts, bathroom designers and remodelers should be extremely detailed. This is because a bathroom is smaller in scale, which extremely affects the layout and design of the room.
At a more personal level, it is best to realize that the professionals you bring into the home to help with your project will be in your home all day long and, perhaps, for several weeks or longer. This means you need to make sure that they are trustworthy individuals as well.
Choosing a reliable, reputable, and a competent contractor can draw the line between having a beautiful and functional new bathroom and getting back to where you started—a bathroom that needs some extra love. Here are some tips you need to know when hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor:
Check the Credentials
There are a lot of companies out there. To narrow down your search, ask for referrals. After all, word of mouth-hands down is the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job. You can ask your friends and family, as well as your relatives and neighbors which company they have had good experiences with. Find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from the state and local municipalities, as well as designations from any professional associations. You can also look at online forums discussing the matter and look for opinions that are unbiased and honest. At the same time, ask for their proof of insurance. Contractors should carry personal liability, workers’ compensation, and property damage coverage.
Chemistry also weighs heavily on the selection of a contractor. This is a longstanding relationship. You have to trust the person you are working with. Keep in mind that these contractors will work with you for at least a month, so choose the company that has gained your trust and confidence.
Make sure they are good communicators
How a contractor answers questions is extremely important. They should be able to answer all your questions and explain their answers as well. However, communication goes both ways. One of the most important things homeowners should look for a great bathroom remodels company is somebody who listens to them and understands what they want to happen. They should also be open to 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.
Check their portfolio and references.
One of the best ways to assess a bathroom remodeling company’s experience and quality of work is to take a look at some of the projects they have completed in the past. Experienced home remodelers should have an extensive portfolio showcasing their past work, leaving you with confidence in their ability to deliver a similar quality of work to your home. Ask for some photos of their past projects. If you liked what you see, request references and call contractors’ former customers to check up on them. Ask how the contractors did at executing the projects. Were they on time and budget? Were the customers pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?
Meet and Interview Candidates
It is best to consider a few and select in the end which one suits your preferences the best. Set up meetings with the few contenders left on your list. Try to keep it to three contractors, because things can get confusing beyond that. 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.