Deciding to embark on a home remodel project is a big step in and of itself. You’ve determined what you’re wanting to achieve and how the remodel will enhance the quality of living in your home, now you have to make the decision as to who is going to do it. For homeowners in Boulder, there are a multitude of contractors willing to take on the task, but how do you know which one to trust? Who will provide the remodeling services that will meet or exceed your expectations?
There are several steps that should be taken to determine a residential contractor that is best suited for your needs. It might take a little time on your part but following these guidelines can make all the difference in a successful home remodel and overall satisfaction.
Chances are, you know someone who has used a residential contractor in the past. Reach out to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. and ask who they would recommend for your project. You can also visit contractor websites to check reviews and testimonials from past clients.
INTERVIEW POTENTIAL CANDIDATES:
Select a list of potential home remodel contractors and conduct interviews (8 or 10 is a good starting point, but narrowing the list to 3 or 4 is ideal). Ask questions as you would if you were hiring someone to work for you, because that is exactly what you will be doing. Pay close attention to how those contractors respond to your questions. If you feel they don’t meet your criteria, or they have a hard time answering questions related to your project, it’s probably best to move on.
A reputable contractor should have several clients, along with a portfolio of completed projects, such as photographs and website images. Not only should a contractor be eager to provide this information, they should be willing to have you contact previous clients who can provide solid references. Note: If you are having your basement finished, it’s good to make sure that the contractor can handle this scope of work. For example, if a contractor specializes in bathroom remodels, he/she might not have the required experience in basement remodels. Comparing the profiles of various candidates, to include the quality of past projects and client satisfaction, can be a good way to narrow down your choices.
One of the most important steps in choosing a reputable home remodeling contractor is to check and verify the potential candidates’ credentials. How long have they been in business? Are they licensed and insured in the county, city, or state where they operate? Do they have certifications or designations in their area of expertise? Doing your homework can make all the difference when it comes to choosing a residential contractor who meets the requirements, both legally and professionally, and will ensure that your home remodel project is a success.
If you have followed the above guidelines, there are likely still two or three residential contactors from which to choose, which means it’s time to seek proposals from your potential candidates.
You will need to have a detailed consultation with each of the potential contractors so that they better understand your expectations and what the project will entail i.e. materials, timeline, labor, etc. The proposal, or bid, will generally outline these details along with the estimated costs for their services and will greatly depend on your specific needs and overall goals for your remodel.
Cheaper is not always better, so pay close attention to what each contractor is offering. Specialty materials, such as exotic wood, will cost more than pine or oak, just as handmade fixtures will be pricier than prefab. Only you know your budget, so choosing a home remodel contractor who can provide the services that meet your expectations within your allotted budget should make your final choice a little easier.
When it’s time for you to choose a residential contractor for your home remodeling project in Boulder, consider the professional, all-inclusive contracting team at KBC Remodeling Services.
KBC Remodeling Services has provided clients in Boulder and throughout the surrounding areas with trusted residential remodeling services since 1986. From concept to completion, we provide homeowners with our services that include designers, contractors, vendors, and construction clean-up, eliminating the stress of dealing with multiple companies.
At KBC, we specialize in all aspects of home remodels and renovations. Whether remodeling the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or building a home addition, our contractors are skilled and experienced in all your home remodeling needs. We hold all the necessary insurance and licenses required by the state of Colorado, and strictly follow all building codes. We are dedicated to providing quality remodeling services that meet or exceed your expectations, all while adhering to your scheduling and budget requirements.
For professional residential remodeling services in Boulder, the choice is clear! Call KBC Remodeling Services today and schedule your consultation.