Pro Tips for Hiring Scottsdale Contractors

December 12th, 2016 5:33pm

One of the hardest things about a remodeling project isn't the remodel itself, but finding reliable, responsible and professional Scottsdale contractors. When you're doing a big project like knocking down existing walls or upgrading an old kitchen to something brand new, you want to make sure you hire Scottsdale contractors that will be able to perform at a high level, from start to finish.

Here are some tips to help you find the right person for the job:

Before Reaching Out, Define the Work

Often, a contractor will be able to help you find design help for your remodeling project. All the same, it's smart to sit down and figure out exactly what you want before you even start making calls. Different contractors will specialize in different aspects of a home remodel, and even in different styles and aesthetics. Determine a realistic budget and find examples of what you want in your home.

Ask for Suggestions

If you've had any neighbors that just recently had work done on their home, or you have friends or family members that have a remodeling project, ask them who they used. Word of mouth referrals are the most trusted and reliable leads for local contracting projects.

Some of the most valuable suggestions will be from others in the same field. So, if you've had the assistance of an architect or interior designer in the area, ask them who they'd recommend as a contractor for your particular project.

Research Referrals

Once you have a handful of possibilities, do your due diligence. Ask them for referrals and follow up, asking past clients about their experiences. Do your best to get an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of each contractor.

Payment Schedule

An important part of the hiring process is the payment schedule. Often, when dealing with larger projects, contractors will require 10% of the cost upfront and 3 payments of 25% during the duration of the project, and then the final 15% when you give the okay. Of course, this schedule can differ from one contractor to another, and even from project to project. Find a schedule and budget that will fit your needs.

Don't Assume Things

Once you've collected a few bids for your project, it's time to do some close evaluations. Don't assume that the lowest price is also the lowest quality. On the other hand, don't choose the lowest price simply because you're trying to save money. Shoddy workmanship can cost you more in the long run.

Instead of worrying about costs so much, make a list of your highest priorities. Some that we suggest include:

  • Quality
  • Reputation
  • Communication
  • Trust

Draw Up a Contract

It doesn't matter if the project is small or large; you should have every single detail in writing before you proceed. Within the contract, make sure to include a breakdown of individual costs, deadlines along the way, fee schedules, and permits. Remember, insisting on a clear contract isn't about mistrust; it's about wanting the project to go smoothly and ensuring a successful remodel.

Are you working on a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the Scottsdale area? We help individuals build the kitchen of their dreams, from design to execution. Visit us online to learn more, or give us a call today.

 

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