Top Reasons To Hire A Contractor For Your Home Renovation

Whether you are renovating out of pleasure or necessity, planning the remodel is a mixed bag of emotions. It’s an exciting adventure that can often be stressful and overwhelming – especially if you’re trying to do all the work yourself. At first, it may seem most practical to make your projects DYI; you can work on your own timeline, have complete control over the work, and stick to your own budget. This can work well if you’re just looking to paint, caulk, or do minor patch work. However, hiring a contractor can save you from a multitude of unexpected challenges while ensuring you get exactly what you want out of a renovation.

Top Reasons To Hire A Contractor For Your Home Renovation

By | May 25, 2018 | Hiring A Contractor |
Whether you are renovating out of pleasure or necessity, planning the remodel is a mixed bag of emotions. It’s an exciting adventure that can often be stressful and overwhelming – especially if you’re trying to do all the work yourself. At first, it may seem most practical to make your projects DYI; you can work on your own timeline, have complete control over the work, and stick to your own budget. This can work well if you’re just looking to paint, caulk, or do minor patch work. However, hiring a contractor can save you from a multitude of unexpected challenges while ensuring you get exactly what you want out of a renovation.

Know your project

It’s important to understand the full scope of your project (or, projects) before you move forward with your remodel. If you are looking at a single project, like redoing your kitchen floor, you may may want to hire a contractor that specializes in flooring. There are a multitude of specialized contractors that will take on almost any project, from tiling to gutters.
However, if your project is a complete kitchen make over, you really want to avoid hiring different specialists for each job. For example, if you hire a contractor who specializes plumbing, another for flooring, and yet another for cabinets, you end up having to manage everything yourself. On top of that, if you’re doing a garage remodel, you may end up in a total pickle. Your car may not even fit in the garage anymore! You might have to run out and get a new car to fit your new renovation. This can be time consuming, frustrating, and costly.
For these bigger projects, you’ll want to hire a general contractor – contractors who specialize and dedicate their lives to entire areas of remodeling and complete home building.

How to find a contractor:

An excellent general contractor has fostered relationships with hardware stores, suppliers, interior designers, and has trusted sub-contractors that are experts in their field. When you hire a general contractor, they become the manager of your project, working within your timeline, budget, and design.

Logistics

One of the most critical reasons to hire a contractor is for effective time and resource management. Contractors can foresee challenges that a homeowner may not consider due to their wealth of experience. Not only are they trained to catch logistical snags, but are also armed with professional knowledge that most homeowners do not possess. They can assess time and budget estimates holistically and systematically while factoring in both environmental and weather conditions. They will know the best materials to use in the renovation, including where to find the most quality and economical products. And, if needed, most general contractors also will provide design services to those seeking professional advice. Not only that, but contractors are experts trained to ensure that your renovation is executed and completed with the safety of both laborers and consumers in mind.

Paperwork

Before construction projects are underway, consumers and contractors must ensure that the correct paperwork has been approved. As an individual, it can be difficult to know exactly what licenses, permits, or insurance you will need to undertake a project on your own. Licensed contractors have proven experience, training, and legal knowledge to navigate red tape quickly and efficiently. Consumers who hire a licensed contractor will have assurance that all city and federal building codes, permits, and other requirements are met – without having to endure this often stressful process themselves. Resting assured that if something would go awry,  licensed contractors are also required by law to provide insurance in the form of bond amounts. This is why it is important to shop for the right contractor – never hire a contractor who can’t prove they are licensed.

Choosing a Contractor: Make sure they’re Certified and Legitimate

The state of California requires any general builder to become licensed through the California Contractors State Licensing Board before they can undergo any construction projects. In order to obtain a license, individuals must pass two qualification exams: business law and one of their trade. Before they can take the written licensing exams, candidates must certify that they have completed four full years of contracting work as a journeyman, supervisor, or contractor in the position they are applying for. In addition, they must also submit forms certifying their work history, construction project experience, criminal record disclosures, and fingerprints. Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) must also submit additional proof of an LLC employee bond and a limited liability insurance policy. In short, the state of California ensures that license contractors are experts in their field, allowing them to serve customers with assurance, accountability, and quality.
You’ll want to find a local general contractor that you can trust, so it is best to start with your search by asking friends, family, and local hardware stores for recommendations. Additionally, when looking at contractors online it’s best you check reviews, historical experience and stats documented by the state, and get them on the phone first and hold a consultation to discuss your project and get a feel for the company before deciding to hire them. Legitimate contractors, such as us here at Mega Builders Inc, have no problem holding consultations. When looking at online review sites, do be wary of shills or plants; some less reputable companies will hire people to write false reviews for work. This is why it’s so important to check references, and documented experience by state before hiring a contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask for them! Once you’ve found someone you’re interested to work with, don’t be afraid to get them on the phone and ask questions. Focus on the contractor’s experience with your specific project. For example, contractors who have been in business for many years have long project histories and will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. When you finalize the contract, you should feel confident in your decision and ready to begin your project. You’re local contractor should foster a bond of trust with you as they provide a great knowledge base either through the phone or their website; showing they are not here to just finalize a sale, but are here for the interest of helping you better your home.
One of the most critical reasons to hire a contractor is for effective time and resource management. Contractors can foresee challenges that a homeowner may not consider due to their wealth of experience. Not only are they trained to catch logistical snags, but are also armed with professional knowledge that most homeowners do not possess. They can assess time and budget estimates holistically and systematically while factoring in both environmental and weather conditions. They will know the best materials to use in the renovation, including where to find the most quality and economical products. And, if needed, most general contractors also will provide design services to those seeking professional advice. Not only that, but contractors are experts trained to ensure that your renovation is executed and completed with the safety of both laborers and consumers in mind.

Paperwork

Before construction projects are underway, consumers and contractors must ensure that the correct paperwork has been approved. As an individual, it can be difficult to know exactly what licenses, permits, or insurance you will need to undertake a project on your own. Licensed contractors have proven experience, training, and legal knowledge to navigate red tape quickly and efficiently. Consumers who hire a licensed contractor will have assurance that all city and federal building codes, permits, and other requirements are met – without having to endure this often stressful process themselves. Resting assured that if something would go awry,  licensed contractors are also required by law to provide insurance in the form of bond amounts. This is why it is important to shop for the right contractor – never hire a contractor who can’t prove they are licensed.

Choosing a Contractor: Make sure they’re Certified and Legitimate

The state of California requires any general builder to become licensed through the California Contractors State Licensing Board before they can undergo any construction projects. In order to obtain a license, individuals must pass two qualification exams: business law and one of their trade. Before they can take the written licensing exams, candidates must certify that they have completed four full years of contracting work as a journeyman, supervisor, or contractor in the position they are applying for. In addition, they must also submit forms certifying their work history, construction project experience, criminal record disclosures, and fingerprints. Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) must also submit additional proof of an LLC employee bond and a limited liability insurance policy. In short, the state of California ensures that license contractors are experts in their field, allowing them to serve customers with assurance, accountability, and quality.
You’ll want to find a local general contractor that you can trust, so it is best to start with your search by asking friends, family, and local hardware stores for recommendations. Additionally, when looking at contractors online it’s best you check reviews, historical experience and stats documented by the state, and get them on the phone first and hold a consultation to discuss your project and get a feel for the company before deciding to hire them. Legitimate contractors, such as us here at Mega Builders Inc, have no problem holding consultations. When looking at online review sites, do be wary of shills or plants; some less reputable companies will hire people to write false reviews for work. This is why it’s so important to check references, and documented experience by state before hiring a contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask for them! Once you’ve found someone you’re interested to work with, don’t be afraid to get them on the phone and ask questions. Focus on the contractor’s experience with your specific project. For example, contractors who have been in business for many years have long project histories and will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. When you finalize the contract, you should feel confident in your decision and ready to begin your project. You’re local contractor should foster a bond of trust with you as they provide a great knowledge base either through the phone or their website; showing they are not here to just finalize a sale, but are here for the interest of helping you better your home.

3 Comments

  1. Ridley Fitzgerald

    I can see why working with a contractor for renovations is good. I like how you said that they can even handle all of the paperwork before the job even starts. That’s a benefit that I bet a lot of people don’t consider when they try to DIY.

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  2. Sariah Meagle

    Choosing a contractor based on their certification and legitimacy as you mentioned is something I’ll keep in mind next time I look for a remodeling contractor for my home remodeling project. Since you said that they must have the correct paperwork approved, I’ll try to look for a contractor who can provide such paperwork and take care of the proper certifications for me as well. If they can foresee challenges as you pointed out, I’ll hire that contractor so we can get started on assessing which parts are meant to be dismantled in the home and which ones are meant to be kept.

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  3. Kairi Gainsborough

    This summer, I would love to remodel my dining room and kitchen. Thanks for the advice on how to find a contractor. I will be sure to check that they are licensed by the state where I live, like you suggested here.

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