5 Tips for Hiring a Contractor
We love the possibilities of a clean slate, and of making a space feel exactly right. The entire process of renovation from beginning to end is so satisfying. Before and afters are kind of our obsession – We love taking them and looking at them.
Luke and I have been blessed to spend years on our craft. Our passion is breathing fresh life into old places and dreaming up new ways to serve our clients, and because of this, it’s easy for us to take certain things for granted, especially the basics. We often receive messages from people who need advice on where to start when it comes to their own projects. We always start with the same advice.
One of the most important decisions you will make when you’re
doing a remodel is choosing your contractor.
If you choose poorly, the rest of your project can turn into a nightmare. Here are a few things we suggest to help you find the perfect contractor for your job.
Find someone who’s legit. Only hire a licensed, insured and bonded contractor. Most state websites have a directory. In Oregon, it’s www.oregon.gov/ccb.
Ask questions. Is there a warranty on the work? What are the terms? Does the contract include a waiver lien? (A waiver lien prevents subcontractors from putting a lien on your property if the contractor doesn’t pay them.) Is there a change order clause? Are the payment and timelines clearly laid out? The Oregon CCB website also has some good advice.
Get a detailed estimate. Go over everything with a fine-toothed comb. Bids should be itemized, and the contractor should be willing to show you receipts for materials if you ask for them.
Get multiple bids. Don’t feel weird about shopping around. Get at least 3 estimates from reputable contractors. This will make it easy to compare the pros and cons, and to make the choice that’s best for you.
Trust your friends. Ask around and find out who your friends have used for their own renovation projects. An honest review from someone you know beats random references every time. In the end, go with your gut and then enjoy the process!
Have you learned any lessons along the way? We would love to hear about them, and of course any “before and afters” you may have collected. If you post pictures, be sure and tag us @4wallrevival on Instagram or Facebook and show us how you breathed life into your space. We would love to connect!