Do you have dreams of updating your kitchen?
Maybe your main bathroom needs a tile refresh?
Let me guess...
Your Pinterest board is overflowing with inspiration pictures and you are ready to jump in!
But before all of these inspiration photos can turn themselves into a reality,
you need to figure out who to hire as your contractor.
Here are 3 tips to help you find the right person for the job!
1) Plan Your Project
There are 2 pieces of information that will be key to your project: scope and budget.
What exactly do you want to do in your space? It's great to have a ton of inspirational images, but now it's time to narrow down exactly what you hope to accomplish. Sit down and make a list of the changes you want made in your space. Are you wanting a larger island in the kitchen? Are you hoping a wall can be removed? List all of these items out so your contractor can determine feasibility and cost.
How much are you willing to spend on this project? Understanding your budget is a major factor in determining what can/cannot be completed on a project. For example, maybe knocking down a wall doubles the cost of a project and puts you out of alignment with your allotted budget. Being able to share that with a potential contractor will help them to troubleshoot other options that might meet your needs, but at a cheaper price!
2) Get At Least 3 Bids
Now that you have determined what you want done and how much you are willing to spend on the project, it's time to request bids. I recommend asking for at least 3 bids.
It's important that you always look for a verified licensed contractor. The State of Washington Labor and Industries page has a tool that is designed to help you with this process. Here you will find information about the contractor's business including owner information, registration, bond and insurance information, and much more!
3) Ask For References/Photos of Previous Work
Anyone can say they can complete a job, but with renovations and other construction projects it's important to have proof the contractor can deliver the results you expect.
Contractors should have previous clients that are willing to talk with you about their experience and final results. Some references will even share photos or invite you over to review their finished project.
It's important to ask references not only about the final results, but also about the process from start to finish. Was the contractor courteous? Did they deliver the expected results in a timely manner? Would you use them again?
Contractors should also have sample images of projects similar to yours if they are an expert in the area.
Where Can You Find Contractors?
There are many ways to find great contractors!
I recommend reaching out to friends, family, or coworkers who have recently completed renovation projects. You can also connect with a trusted real estate agent, local business, or home builder association. All of these resources are a great place to get started!
Wishing you the best of luck with your next project!