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Tips for Finding the Right Contractor for Your Bathroom Remodel

If you are planning a bathroom remodel, finding the right contractor for the job may mean the difference between a successful remodel and a total disaster. The contractor that you decide to work with for your bathroom remodel is possibly the most important decision that you’ll make in the entire process. There are definite steps you should take when making this important decision.

Step 1: Ask Around

Family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers are excellent resources when it comes to finding a good professional to work with. Personal contacts will be honest with you about their experience and about the work that was performed – more so than even an Internet reviewer may be. Plus, depending on your relationship with the person who is giving you the referral, you may be able to visit his or her home and see the work for yourself.

When talking to family and friends, think about the aspects of the working relationship with your contractor that are going to be most important to you, and be sure to get specific with questions that relate to those particular concerns. Report with the family, attention to detail, cleanup, and how much of the home the contractor took up while working are all logical areas of concern to explore.

Step 2: Do Research and Verify Credentials

Once you have some ideas of individuals you might want to work with, do some research. Visit the website of the contractors that friends and family have recommended, or call their offices to speak to someone to address any questions you might have.

You will also want to verify that the contractor holds:
– Proper licenses from state and local governments
– Designations from professional associations such as:
   • National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
   • National Association for Remodeling Industry (NARI
   • National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)

Contractors who have invested in further education to receive such certifications have demonstrated a dedication to their work.

Step 3: Meet Candidates

After you’ve done your research, you should have a few contractors that you are interested in speaking further with. Set up interviews with each of these candidates, and come to the interview prepared. Share your ideas with the contractor and gage how comfortable he or she is at offering his or her expert opinion while still respecting your wishes. One of the most difficult dynamics to work with is a contractor whom you do not feel listens to you or does what you want him or her to do. Keep in mind that this is a person who is working for you, and you should feel as though you are able to deliver directives and they’ll be listened to.


Step 4: Check References

If you have found someone whom you would like to work with, it’s a good idea to ask the contractor to share some portfolio pieces as well as some previous clients that you may speak to. Speaking to previous clients, like initially asking for references, gives you a great opportunity to get opinions on the contractor’s work, professionalism, and overall attitude.