Home remodeling can be an exciting but an overwhelming undertaking on your own. While you may know what you want out of a remodel, it is difficult and complex to turn your dreams into reality. General contractors have the expertise you need to create a beautiful, long lasting remodel. Here are 5 questions to ask a contractor to get started on your home remodeling.
5 Questions to Ask a Contractor
Are my timeline and budget reasonable?
The first components of your remodel that you need your contractor to understand are your timeline and budget. Be realistic and upfront with your contractor. This will allow the contractor to provide you with accurate advice and estimations of what is possible for your home remodel.
What remodeling options are available for my home’s structure?
Let your contractor know what you need out of a remodel. Prepare by creating a list of your “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves.” For example, must-haves might be the new bedroom you need because a family member is moving in or an additional dining space to accommodate a growing family. Nice-to-haves could be additional windows or appliances that you have been considering, but could be cut from the project if needed to fit your time and budget. Your contractor will survey your home to determine what options are available to you based on your home’s structure, timeframe, and budget.
What are the current design trends for my type of home remodeling?
A contractor will be up-to-date on current home remodeling design trends in your area. They can provide you with ideas from recent remodels as well as samples from magazines or design companies. Take your time considering what final look you want for your newly remodeled home. It is helpful to cut out magazine photos and place them in the area of your home that you will remodel, so you can envision what the space can look like in different styles.
What are the best materials?
Your contractor will also have the experience to source high-quality materials and local sub-contractors that will be able to give you a long-lasting installation. Ask your contractor about what materials they recommend for the remodel and the designs you choose. With a quality local home remodeling contractor, you will be able to rest easy that the materials you use in your remodel will last for years to come.
What are the long-term impacts of my remodel?
While many people undertake a remodel to fulfill evolving home needs, there are secondary considerations that your contractor can speak to. For example, you will want to understand how your remodel will impact your homes’ long-term value and maintenance costs. Ask your contractor if they are aware of options for your remodel that can increase the value of your home or reduce maintenance.
We hope you found 5 Questions to Ask a Contractor to be useful.
At Mares & Dow Construction, we are experts at home remodeling and general contracting. We have been serving the Bay Area since 1983. Before you get started on your next home remodel, call us to discuss your plans and ensure you choose a general contractor that meets the needs of your project.