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When you decide to remodel or build you’ll ensure you know exactly what you want, from the dimensions of the build to the appliances you’re going to install. You do your due diligence, make sure you have the available money, check with the Home Owners Association, make sure it’s exactly what you want. Yet, a lot of people stop there. They’ll hire a contractor and be done with their research. You need to do just as much research when it comes to the actual contractor you choose. There are cowboys out there who’ll do shoddy work or their work won’t quite be to your specification. It’s incredibly hard to know which company to choose, but these tips can help.

What Do They Specialize In

Check what the contractor specializes in. Most will have specialization which they focus on. You don’t want to hire someone who specializes in loft conversions to extend your home. They may well specialize in both, especially if the remodeling company is large. This is for you to look into. If the market is down, they might try to pick up any work which comes their way. You’ll be better off going with a construction company that specializes and has a top track record.

Check Any Reviews

If you think you’ve found a good contractor, you’ll always be better off looking at the reviews. Do yourself a favor and look beyond their website. Start there, but check general forums and online. Just put their company or trading name into google and you’ll see what’s new. There might be some horror stories or bad reviews. Check the good ones too though, try and be fair and piece together a good picture so you can make an informed decision.

Ask For Licensing

Ask if they are licensed to perform the work you need to be carried out. You should check their number and see if they’re licensed to carry out the work in question in your state. Better safe than sorry. It won’t take you long and can stop you from making the mistake of hiring someone who doesn’t have the right to work. If you don’t know how to check this out, have a look at your local state rules online and you’ll quickly find out what you need to do to get the relevant information.

Know Your Budget 

Have an upfront talk with the contractor about costs. At this point, you should already have an idea about how much it would cost or how much you think you’d want to spend. It isn’t easy working out costs because sometimes things crop up during the project which could affect the cost. However, have a chat and work out your maximum budget which you won’t go over. At the outset, it’s a simple case of doing the research online. What did similar work cost in your area? You might be able to find this out by word of mouth or have a look online and you might find some useful information regarding how much money you’ll have to spend to achieve what you want.

For more than 40 years, D.E. Rink Construction has had the pleasure to build over 1100 custom homes and remodeling projects and we would love the opportunity to start working on your custom remodel or building your dream home today!

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