4 Ways to Get the Best Work from Your Remodeling Contractor

Why Work with a Remodeling Contractor?

Working with a remodeling and renovation contractor can eliminate the stress, overwhelm, and product uncertainty that comes with kitchen remodels, bathroom updates, and home makeovers. It can also keep your project on time and on budget.

We’ve serviced homeowners in Westfield, New Jersey, and surrounding communities with their residential remodeling needs for 30+ years. In that time, we’ve been around enough remodeling jobs to know that if a homeowner wants great results, they’ll need to be a part of the remodeling process early on.

What does that mean? Stay involved, maintain communication with your Contractor, and stay focused on the result – a beautifully designed, well-constructed residential remodeling project.

Below are 4 smart ways to stay involved in your home remodeling/renovation project.

modern bathroom vanity and countertop

Remodeling Contractors and Allowances

An allowance is a line item in the contractor’s bid for something that’s yet to be determined. For example, if you haven’t chosen the plumbing hardware for your new master bathroom remodel, the contractor will put an allowance number in the budget as a placeholder.

But with such a wide range of price points for these products, the estimate may be far lower than what you wind up spending.

Try to eliminate allowances by sorting out all your material and product selections before the contractor gives you an itemized bid for the job. Otherwise, do enough shopping to give the contractor an accurate ballpark price for the materials you’re considering.

Practice Good Communication with Your Remodeling/Reno Contractor

Ask the Contractor how project details and developments will be communicated with you (email, phone, SMS, etc.) and share your preference.

Additionally, set expectations for progress meetings. This is an opportunity for you to hear progress reports and find out what work is scheduled over the coming days. It also allows you to ask your questions and voice any concerns you have.

custom laundry room with dog wash

Come Up with a System

You’re going to want a place where you can save ideas and notes for your residential remodel. This is where Houzz can be your ally. You can create ideabooks, including your favorite home design photos, stories, products, discussions, notes, and other details of your home project.

Using Houzz Ideabooks

Track Changes

Your contractor may encounter unforeseen structural issues, or you may decide to include additional work as the project evolves.

Specify in your remodeling contract that you want change orders in writing for anything that’s going to add to the bottom line of the job. That means the Contractor must give you a description of the change and a fixed price for what it’ll cost.

You both must sign the change order before the work is done.

To better prepare for the residential remodeling process ahead, download our free guide:

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