Selecting a reputable renovator
Have you seen the television show where the host – an experienced contractor –
comes to a home to fix a bad renovation? Episodes typically feature leaking
bathroom showers, fallen decks, creaky flooring, and other examples of shoddy
workmanship. For the homeowners, it’s a nightmare. That’s why it’s so important to
select a reputable renovator – one who has the experience and track record to do
the job right. How do you do that? Here are a few tips:
• Make sure the contractor can give you the full name, address and phone number
of his company. If he only has a truck and a cell phone, that’s a red flag.
• Ask him to provide you with the names of at least three customers he’s done
work for in the area. (Then phone those references!)
• Some specialty contractors, such as kitchen and bath renovators, are certified or
licensed by a professional trade association. Ask the contractor for credentials.
• Beware of contractors who offer you a lower price if you pay cash. They’re
probably trying to avoid taxes, which suggests that they’re not entirely honest.
• Make sure the renovator has experience with your specific type of project.
• Search for the company on Google.com. If there are any customer complaints
online, you’ll find them in the search results.
• Don’t hire the first contractor you meet, regardless of how impressed you are.
Speak to at least three. Ask lots of questions. Take your time. Finally, use your
common sense. If you don’t have a good feeling about the contractor or if they
don’t give you clear answers to basic questions about pricing, schedule, and
warranty, then move on.
How much would your home sell for today?
If you are planning to sell your home soon, you will want to know how much it will
sell for on today’s market. Even if selling is the furthest thing from your mind, you
may be curious to know how much your property is worth. How do you find that
out? A good REALTOR characteristics to determine the current market value of your
home. These will include the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, the condition of the
kitchen and basement, the type/style of the home, location and neighbourhood.
These characteristics will then be used to identify similar homes in the area and
determine how much they have sold for recently. Interested in finding out how
much your home will sell for? Call today.
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