No matter how perfect you imagine your home improvement will be, things don’t always go as planned. However, the best way to minimize renovation stress is to manage your expectations, which you can’t do without having a good talk with your contractor.
For Up and Above Contractors, here are the most important questions to ask your home improvement company before the project starts:
Is There Something to Be Concerned About the Project?
There’s no denying that any home project is full of uncertainty, which can delay the job, ruin your original budget or both. While nobody can accurately predict the unknown before the actual construction, an experienced remodeler can warn you of the possible problems that might arise at some point. If you know the worst-case scenario from the beginning, you can prepare for it financially and plan ahead.
How Much Do You Need Upfront?
Any reliable remodeling company wouldn’t demand more than 10% of the job total (or $1,000, whichever is less) upfront. The only valid reason you might be asked for an advanced payment is to prove that you’re a serious customer with your earnest money.
If your contractor wants you to put down about 30% to 50% of the project price, take your business elsewhere. Paying such an amount upfront can put you at a disadvantage where the other party can disappear on you or do haphazard work.
Do You Provide Financing?
Any interior remodeling, siding, window or roofing company would advise you not to rely too much on cash alone. Although cash is always better, having the option to access financing options can help you absorb unexpected, additional expenses. If you run out of funds, you might not be able to pull the trigger on necessary change orders, stalling your project.
What Is the Schedule?
Although you want to be pampered and do nothing during the actual construction, you should still be aware of how the process would work. Understanding the schedule allows you to set milestones, keep the job on track and keep days from slipping by.
Entrust your projects to a licensed, insured and certified company like Up and Above Contractors to guarantee their success. Let’s talk about your home improvement needs in the comfort of your home. Call us at (973) 531-4225 now to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation and estimate in Sparta, Wantage or Hackettstown, NJ, or any nearby communities.