Questions to Ask Your Bathroom Contractor
Bathroom remodels are a common project for any homeowner looking to upgrade their home’s looks and functionality. But most bathroom renovations — even those that are budget-oriented — are likely to cost at least $10,000 according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. That’s why hiring an experienced and trustworthy pro is critical to handle your job. Here are the questions you need to ask before hiring your contractor:
Questions about a Contractor for a Bathroom Remodel
- How long have you been a bathroom professional?
- Were you formally trained?
- How did you acquire your experience?
- Do you belong to any professional associations?
- Are you licensed and registered with the state?
- Are you insured?
- Do you have any references I may contact?
Interview Question for References
- Were you happy with the project?
- Was the job completed on time?
- Were there any unexpected expenses?
- Would you use this bathroom professional again?
- Would you recommend this bathroom contractor?
Questions to Ask a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor About His or Her Work
- Do you give written warranties?
- Will this project require a permit?
- Can you estimate how long this will take?
- Will you provide options for different materials?
7 Important Questions to Ask Your Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Question #1: How long have you been specializing as a bathroom contractor?
It is important to remember that the remodeling of a living room is much easier than a remodeling project for a bathroom. The explanation for this is that there are too many components and dimensions to be addressed in the bathroom. These include plumbing, insulation and, to name a few, water-proofing. If not handled properly, this can lead to many serious problems, such as mold production, which can cause a lot of health problems. An experienced contractor who specializes in remodeling the bathroom is very competent and can execute the job with great professionalism. Search for a contractor who has been working for at least 5 years in the industry.
Question #2: Can you put me in touch with your previous clients?
A good contractor is more than happy to give you three strong references that would be able to give you testaments about how the contractor will perform about their job. That will allow you to decide whether or not they’ve done a good job. When contacting past clients of the contractor make sure you ask as many questions as you can. Seek to figure out how they will execute the work, and if they delivered the work on time. Don’t employ a contractor who isn’t able to compare you to their previous clients.
Question #3: Do you have the necessary license?
Licenses matter, as it enables you to assess the value of your contractor. But it’s also important to figure out whether the contractor has a successful record or not, beyond their licensing. This can be achieved by seeking references from previous clients.
Question #4: Are permits needed for the renovation?
The remodeling of the bathroom can be big or small. But whatever the size of the remodeling project is, it’s always helpful to ask the contractor if permits are required before they begin. The thing is some states allow homeowners to get the permits they need while others do not.
Question #5: Do you offer a warranty on products and services?
It is important to practice smart consumerism as a homeowner. What most homeowners don’t know is that items used as well as facilities provided for project bathroom remodeling come with warranties. So make sure you ask yourself, before hiring a bathroom contractor, if the items they use come with a warranty for their services. Checking for warranties is important, as it provides confidence that there are no issues with the goods and services.
Question #6: How do you handle disputes?
Disputes may occur naturally along the way, and this is one of the primary reasons why costly litigation between homeowners and contractors can arise. Disputes also trigger unfinished jobs in most cases causing the homeowner to employ another contractor and therefore raise the cost of the remodeling project. Therefore it is important to find out how the conflicts are treated by your bathroom contractor. Include the settlement of conflicts within the deal. By doing so, you are defending not just yourself and your home but also the contractor.
Question #7: How much will it cost?
A budget holds homeowners as well as contractors in line to ensure they don’t go overboard when it comes to project costs.
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