Things to consider before starting your project

1. Don’t let the price be the only deciding factor.
I love a bargain. But when I go shopping for an item like furniture or a car, I want to make sure that I am buying quality and something that will last a long time. I also want it to look good along with being problem free. At the same time, I don’t have unlimited funds. So the price needs to be reasonable. With that being said, the cheapest choice is usually not the right one for me. Neither is the most expensive.
The same things should be considered when deciding on a contractor. I have had prospective clients call me to see if I could meet a competitors price. After reviewing there bids I have found important aspects of their project completely missing. I’ve also found incomplete material take offs along with inferior material choices. The old adage remains true today- if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

2. Check References.
I think this is one of the most important things to do. First off, the contractor that you are meeting with should have a list of recent clients that you can call. If they have none or very few that would be a red flag. When calling their past clients, ask a lot of questions. Would you hire them again? Did they clean up at the end of each day? Did they communicate well with you? Etc, etc. This is also where you begin to get a good or bad gut instinct about the contractor.

3. Likeability.
Both you and your contractor should like each other and be able to work together for several weeks if not months. If that relationship isn’t founded on trust and respect, the process won’t go as smoothly as you would like.

4. Being flexible.
A remodeling or basement finish project can be a large undertaking involving many details and phases. Often times there are changes. In many instances are best and most creative ideas happen during the course of building. Other times an unforeseen issue can appear during the course of a project that changes the scheduling. Keeping your mind on the ultimate goal and realizing some time shift is normal, will enable you to not get bogged down in the minutia of an unforeseen detail and lose sight of the big picture.

5. Respect your Intuition.
If something doesn’t feel right to you, don’t ignore it. If a contractor downplays your concerns, ignores your input, talks down to you or anything else- go with your instincts and find someone else. After all, this is your home and your project. You deserve to work with someone who will care for it – and your family’s peace of mind – as much as you do.