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Does Your Project Need a Contractor?

By Brian, December 4, 2014

Remodeling your house is not something to be taken on lightly. It may be everything you need to enhance the lifestyle you want or to increase the value of your home, but it is a lot of work to achieve. There is also a matter of cost. Making significant changes to your home will require an outlay of cash, but if you can make twice that money back when it comes to selling your home, it will have been worth it.

 

As a creative individual, your head has probably been swimming with ideas to improve your home. You may want to make it more spacious, more functional or just more trendy. Whatever you want to achieve, you know it is a big job, and you are going to need some help. The type of help you may need will depend on the jobs required. You may be happy to take some of the work on yourself. Decorating and replacing interior furnishings are probably not beyond you. Building partition walls or taking walls down may phase you slightly, so think about asking for advice or hiring a contractor.

The typical jobs we think about undertaking as home improvements include redecorating or remodeling our kitchens. Bathroom remodeling also features highly on our list of things to do around the home. Externally, you may want your garden landscaped, or some new decking installed. The cladding or fascias on your house may be looking tired so you may want them refreshed or replaced. Perhaps it is time to replace the roofing or windows? When you own your home, no job is too big or too small if it is essential to your safety, security or health.

 

Hiring contractors like Iron River Construction or others that have several areas of expertise could be a good idea for the bigger jobs. Also, if you have more than one thing on a to do list. Sometimes you need a company that can tackle several things at once if you are in a hurry to get things done. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to get several tradespeople co-ordinated.

 

If you are hiring a contractor, get a couple of quotes from different companies and check their credentials. You should also check any customer reviews you can find or go and see their work in person. If you are happy with one company, make sure they understand your vision clearly. Let them know exactly what you are after in terms of the design. Also be clear on your expectations of their workmanship and behavior while on the job. Making good is usually expected, but often you need to have that clarified in writing within the quote.

 

Some contractors also require some money up front. If this is the case, you need to get written receipts detailing what the money given so far covers and what guarantees it gives. Should you need them to finish by a certain day, add a penalty clause in the contract if they miss the deadline, or agree to pay a bonus for finishing early.

 

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