Choosing A Remodeler

Here are a few tips from Jurak Remodeling to help you know what to look for when choosing a contractor to remodel your home.

  1. Make sure the remodeling contractor you select carries Commercial General Liability Insurance. You should not hire an uninsured contractor to do anything at all, remodel or otherwise, unless you are willing to fully accept and cover the costs of a loss if anything goes wrong. A Commercial General Liability Policy will pay on behalf of the Insured amounts the Insured becomes legally liable to pay due to bodily injury, property damage or personal injury to third parties resulting from the Insured’s premises liability, contractual liability, products liability and personal or advertising liability.
  2. Make sure the remodeling contractor you select carries Builder’s Risk Insurance. Builder’s Risk Insurance indemnifies for loss of or damage to a building under construction. The Insurance is normally written for a specified amount on the building and applies only in the course of construction.
  3. Don’t let a remodeling contractor try to convince you to cut corners by avoiding necessary permits. Permits help to ensure that recognized standards for quality of life and building safety are met. They also help to ensure public safety by enforcing Building Codes.
  4. Check your prospective remodeling contractor out with the Better Business Bureau. Most reputable companies should be a member. If they are not, ask them for references of some recent previous customers.
  5. Don’t go with the low ball quote. Prices vary widely in this industry due to multiple factors. You don’t want to end up paying more in the long run because the job wasn’t done right in the first place. Really low prices should generally be considered red flags indicating if you select this contractor you’ll probably need to monitor their work very closely to prevent potentially troublesome shortcuts in workmanship and/or the use of inferior quality construction materials. Remember, cheapest is not always best, as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”.