"You get what you pay for."
Almost every homeowner has heard this advice, but many learn it the hard way – especially after hiring the wrong person to work on their house.
Working with the right contractor or remodeling company makes it more likely that you’ll get your desired result, within your budget and in a reasonable amount of time. But how do you find the best contractor? We partnered up with Justin Odell from Odell Construction to find you some tips to help in your search.
Evaluating contractors can be a lot of work, but if you try to DIY your remodel, you could end up causing yourself much bigger headaches. Even if you’re an avid DIY-er, consider enlisting the help of a professional for any of the following projects:
If you’re looking to hire a contractor to give you the kitchen of your dreams, don’t put off starting the research and quote process.
“Do not wait to schedule the initial consultation; most reputable companies are booked out. If a project cannot start for a few months, that’s OK; the planning and design process take time.”
Justin Odell | Odell Construction
Smaller projects typically take about a month to plan and design in addition to the actual construction time. Large-scale renovations can take three or more months to plan out the space. Odell explains that “taking the time to design the space is just as, if not more, important than the construction itself and is critical to the success of any project.”
Pro Tip: Keep these time allotments in mind when planning your remodel. If you want to renovate your covered porch, start planning the project in February. This gives you plenty of time to finalize the design, have the contractor perform the work and enjoy the finished product during summer.
So how do you avoid getting burned? Here’s what to double check to make sure you are hiring a quality contractor.
While noting a company’s qualifications, also look out for these signals of potential trouble down the line.
According to Odell, here are the three most important things to consider before signing on the dotted line:
Choose a contractor that you feel deeply comfortable with. They will be working closely with you throughout the course of the project and spending a lot of time inside of your home. Odell recommends attending “a local home improvement show to gauge compatibility and character.” If there aren’t any shows scheduled, set up an appointment to meet face-to-face at their office.
Finally, keep your remodeling budget in mind throughout the process as well. “If the budget is off, consider saving until [the renovation is] necessary. You’ll want the project done correctly and to your needs the first time around without cutting corners or giving up on non-negotiables,” explains Odell.
Remember to ask your hired contractor if they handle and manage waste removal or if you’ll need to order a residential dumpster for the debris. This may add to your project budget, so it’s important to ask about this upfront.
Feeling inspired to start planning your next project? Read our guide to create a home remodeling plan.