Jan 23, 2015

How to Find the Best Builder for Your Remodel or Renovation

It’s extremely important to feel confident in your choice of builder when beginning a home remodel or renovation. You are entrusting your money, resources and home with the contractor you choose. Make sure you find the best builder for your project by following the steps listed below.

Step 1: Obtain Referrals
Contact the builders you are considering and ask for referrals. This will allow you to see their work history. It is best to visit the locations if you have the time, even just one or two sites if you can’t see them all. This will allow you to view the results of their past work in person.

Step 2: Get a Quote
Request a quote that includes everything. This should be very detailed and go over all aspects of the job and include a breakdown of charges as well as the total cost. The quote process should start with an on-site inspection. This is also a good time to discuss your expectations and priorities for the remodel or renovation.

Step 3: Check Licenses
It’s easy for a builder to tell you they have a license. Make sure you ask for proof and verify that the license is current. This also applies to subcontractors that your chosen builder may hire to work on the project.

Step 4: Compare Quality and Price
Don’t let price alone be the determining factor when choosing a general contractor. If you go for the lowest rates, rest assured you will get the lowest quality results. Find builders that offer a good balance between affordable pricing and high quality craftsmanship.

Step 5: Conduct Builder Interviews
The final phase in the builder selection process should involve a compatibility interview. Create a question list and set up a time to talk to the builder. As you get answers to your project-related questions, also make sure you monitor how easily you and the builder communicate. Do you feel confident or uncertain during the conversation? Are you comfortable discussing the project with this person? Use this as an opportunity to finalise your choices so you select a contractor that is reliable, skilled, affordable and easy to communicate with.

Author Bio:
Melrose Design Build are experts at heritage restoration/roofing building work, maintenance and remedial restoration.

They can also do bathroom and kitchen renovations as well as new builds.

If you live in Sydney and are planning to restore or renovate your current home or investment property or build a new house contact Melrose Design Build today.

Visit their site to sign up for a free measure and quote at: www.melrosedesignbuild.com.au

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