Olympia, WA (PRWEB) July 04, 2012
With the sea of remodeling contractors available, how is a homeowner supposed to find a good one? There are many quality contractors to choose from, unfortunately there are also unlicensed and inexperienced contractors willing to undertake any project, qualified or not, in order to make money.
Richard Summers, owner of Richard Summers Remodeling discuses tips on how to hire a quality remodeling contractor.
“Finding a contractor who is licensed and insured is mandatory. If something goes awry on a job, recourse is important,” said Richard. He recommends looking online at the Department of Labor and Industries, to check for a valid license number. Verify insurance, a contractor should provide the name of their insurance company or a certificate of insurance proving they have general liability and workers compensation insurance.
“Referrals are important, word of mouth can be the best and worst advertisement for a contractor,” said Richard. Speak with friends, family and neighbors to get their recommendations on similar remodeling projects.
First impressions are lasting. A homeowner should meet with the potential contractor to make sure they feel comfortable with the person who will be in their home. Richard said, “I am busy working all day, but when meeting a potential client for the first time, I try to dress a little nicer and look professional.” A contractor should also be prepared to answer questions and take notes.
Homeowners should look for competitive pricing when requesting quotes. “If you are getting bids from contractors that you have no personal experience with, get three bids. If the bids are within 10-15% of each other, then choose based on your comfort level with the contractor. If the three bids are really different, more investigation needs to be done. Either, a contractor forgot something and the bids are not "apples to apples" bids, or there might be something suspicious about a contractor with a "out of range" bid. Look closely, buyer beware,” recommends Richard.
“If a contractor has been recommended by a friend and you have seen his work and are satisfied with the quality, and you have met and talked with the contractor and are comfortable with him, then maybe you only need to get his estimate. If you feel his price is reasonable, I would say go for it,” concluded Richard.
To find out more about this company, call (360) 281-0149, visit their profile at BuildZoom.com.
About Richard Summers Remodeling:
Richard Summers Remodeling specializes in architectural design, kitchen and bathroom remodels, additions, deck, and much more. With 15 years of experience, owner Richard Summers is devoted to providing quality service and affordable excellence for every home improvement project. The company serves Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, Washington.