Remodeling is on the upswing, with homeowners investing in projects that enhance efficiency and comfort. Among the trends for 2014, according to highly rated remodelers and interior designers:
Before moving ahead on a project, talk to several well-regarded contractors. Provide each with identical information so you have an apples-to-apples comparison of estimates. Clarify whether subcontractors will be used and get proof of insurance, bonding and any necessary licensing.
When checking references or reading online reviews, note whether customers report delays or problems, including with communication and site cleanup.
Your contract should include a detailed project description as well as specifics about who will pull permits and submit paperwork for any necessary inspections, start and finish dates for phases and overall, payment amounts and due dates, and warranties and guarantees. Also, ask for lien waivers so you aren’t held responsible if the contractor doesn’t pay subcontractors or suppliers.