Selecting your remodeling professionals

Selecting your design professionals is a difficult task. Give yourself plenty of time to go through the selection process.  It can easily take a month just to find, screen, collect and compare bids.

Finding your architect /general contractor

Surprisingly most people still find their design and construction professionals through word of mouth. There are however a number of ways to get referrals, as well as a host of review websites and 3rd party referral services.

The selection process

There are various factors to consider in selecting the right people for the job. In addition to comparing costs, be sure to evaluate the person’s experience, business credentials, work quality and communication style. Questions to ask your contractor candidates can serve as a useful tool when interviewing.

Comparing bids

Comparing bids from different contractors may be more difficult than you would expect. Proposals are often based on different assumptions and don’t all include the same things. If price is a significant factor, learn how to fairly compare.

Checking References

You may think that contractors and architects will only give you references for happy clients, so you will not get an objective assessment. However references are often fellow homeowners like you, and they are usually willing to share both the good and the bad. Here are a list of questions to ask.

Negotiating the Contract

Once you have made your decision there is one more step before you can get started – signing the contract. To avoid possible pain and regret later in the process, review this document closely and make sure it includes all of the necessary components, in a way that reflects your expectations.