Siburtek, Local builders and design experts, offer great advice on home remodeling.
Thinking of a remodeling project? Avoid these costly mistakes:
Not knowing exactly what you want
Be clear with your contractor on what your expectations are. It's your home and you'll live in it long after the project is complete. Your contractor wants you to be happy with the final result.
Hiring the first contractor who comes along
Check references, ask to visit a completed project, and make sure he is licensed and insured. A local contractor has an established network of subcontractors and suppliers in the area and a reputation to uphold.
Jumping at the lowest bid
Don't be fooled - a low bid often equals cheap materials and shoddy installation. A low bid may also not represent a complete job and can cost you dearly in extras that you thought were included.
Not insisting on a written contract
A contract establishes the exact scope of the project and sets the payment schedule. The contract is for your protection as well as the contractor's.
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