You’ve been daydreaming, Pinteresting, perusing Houzz and working with your Designer, looking everywhere for inspiration down to the last detail for your new space. You’re finally ready to go from the vision board to reality. The question is – how do you choose the right contractor for you? You don’t want to end up with a broken bank, renovations that won’t last, or worse spending months dreading your rude contractor Bubba that tracks mud through the house, drags out your timeline, and doesn’t account for the vision you and your designer created. The solution? Whether you will be utilizing your own contractor or having your design firm provide construction services, include these considerations in your search for the right remodel partner to ensure success:
- Are your ideas and needs taken into account? At Lifestyle Kitchen and Bath we understand it begins with your vision. You and your family are the ones that are going to be taking showers, flipping pancakes and hosting dinner parties in your new bathroom and kitchen for years to come. While we offer expertise in areas and details you might not be familiar with, we won’t step on what you want to bring to life with your project. There are almost always hiccups in a remodel that can affect the installation or design – make sure you have a contractor that isn’t going to take it upon himself to address an issue at the cost of what you envisioned for your space. Our designers have years of experience in working with trade partners to keep the design at the forefront.
- Price – let’s get real. The cheapest bid can oftentimes end up costing you in the long run if your remodel falls down around your ears, rots from cheap materials or you hire a contractor that stalls and extends, dragging out your date and project as your price goes up and up from complications. The last thing you want is to select a contractor based on his bid, only to receive change order after change order, eventually making him more expensive than all of the other bids. One of the greatest tools to protect both you, as well as the contractor, is a detailed scope of work that you both agree upon and understand and can reference throughout the project. Find a contractor that has a reputation with previous clients and with reputable organizations like the Better Business Bureau or SEN Design Group and who uses well known partners and brands you can count on.
- Take a look at the details. Is your contractor good with communication? How do they keep you informed on key phases of the project? Are they your one stop shop or will you be stuck trying to find subcontractors when all your cabinets or bathtub have already been removed? From the very beginning, from measurements & photos, to a detailed project walkthrough prior to the start of your project, on down to communication with trade partners and installation, LK&B is your one point of contact – a project manager will keep you informed and coordinate product deliveries and labor schedules behind the scenes. It can sometimes be difficult for a homeowner to ‘let go’ of the detailed project plan, and having someone you know you can entrust your project to is key – decreasing the chances for miscommunication and error along the way. Decide what works best for you and your family regarding communication and find a contractor that respects that.
Your home remodeling project doesn’t have to be a disaster in the making. Having a clear outline of what you want and taking the time to get to your designers and potential contractors makes all the difference. We can help answer any questions you have or better yet, swing by our showroom so you can see what we can truly offer you for your home improvements.