Remodeling a bathroom is a great idea not just to add value to your home, but also for the day-to-day improvement in functionality and the boost you get from a fresh new aesthetic designed precisely to your taste. And since a bathroom remodel, especially a gut renovation, is one of the pricier upgrades you’ll make, it’s important to choose the right remodeling contractor.
So before you commit, make sure you ask them these five questions.
How long have you been in business?
Contractors who have a history of working in your local area are contractors who have a vested interest in making their customers happy. Their company’s continued success is built on word-of-mouth recommendations. That means they’ll be sure to use quality, long-lasting materials and employ skilled and well-trained professionals. They’ll work efficiently, keep the workplace clean, and pay attention to detail. They’ll likely have a list of references on hand.
Is a permit necessary for this work?
A professional bathroom contractor who has done any amount of work in your local township will be able to answer this question quickly and without hesitation. To avoid trouble down the line, your bathroom remodeler should know the local codes, licensing requirements, and how long it takes to get a permit.
Are you licensed, and do you hold a surety bond and/or liability insurance?
Contractors are licensed by the state, which collects information about complaints, fines, and penalties. It’s a system that weeds out the few hucksters from the vast majority of professionals.
Being licensed comes with certain requirements, which may include holding a surety bond to protect you, the homeowner, and/or liability insurance for himself and his workers.
Not all states have licensing requirements, or the same level of vigor, so be sure to check your state’s requirements first.
Do you offer written warranties?
Ideally, the manufacturer of each fixture offers up its own parts warranty, but will your contractor also offer up a warranty for the plumbing, tiling, and installation work he has done? A contractor who has experience and confidence in his work won’t balk at the question.
How do you contain dust and debris and keep the surrounding area clean during the renovation?
Contractors do need space to keep their tools, do their work, and mix smelly or caustic stuff such as cement, paint, or grout. But that doesn’t mean they’ll spread willy-nilly through the house. Hanging plastic from doorways and protecting floors and carpets with drop cloths should be assumed. You may want to ask his references how the workers managed the mayhem during their projects.