Dated cabinets, boring fixtures and flooring, a countertop you don’t like, or a layout that you hate? Or maybe the design isn’t that bad, but it’s just not your taste? Whatever your reason, you’ve finally decided to move forward with a remodel of your bathroom, to make it into a functional room you love, but there’s an important decision to be made to get the ball rolling: What remodeling company do you use for this project?
When searching for a contractor to handle your remodel, use Google to find local remodelers as well as local Facebook groups to get recommendations for local experts from your neighbors. Read through the Google reviews for recommended companies, and visit reputable review sites, like HomeAdvisor, Houzz and Thumbtack, for additional reviews and ratings. Also make sure to take a look at the company’s Website, as well as any of their social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, for more information and photos of their work.
A good contractor will have a photo gallery of projects that allow you to see before-and-after photos of their work. This provides you, as the customer, a great way to see the quality of their craftsmanship and the scope of their abilities (and may provide some helpful design ideas as well!).
You also want to make sure that the company you choose is licensed, bonded and insured. Licensing is important as it ensures your remodeling contractor will carry out the work in accordance with local regulations and building/residential codes, to include any necessary permits. A bonded and insured contractor will provide you with the most protection during the work on your bathroom remodel.
You want your finished project to not only meet your aesthetic goals, but to have the work done safely and thoroughly by experts in their field. Each state has their own government Website where you can look up a company’s license. If you’re unsure if the remodeling company is licensed, ask them for their license number. Plumbing, electrical work and construction – all of the things that are often key components of a bathroom remodel – are skilled trades, and you want to make sure that you have qualified tradesmen doing the work.
Meet with the prospective remodeler to discuss your project and your budget, as well as the timeline you have in mind. Depending on the scope of your project, the estimated time needed for your bathroom remodel will vary. Keep in mind that your remodeling contractor and their crew rely upon goods and materials from other providers, and may be subject to supply-chain delays that are out of their control, so it’s good to go in with realistic expectations. When you choose a reliable remodeler, one who will maintain constant communication with you throughout the project, you should be kept up to date on progress and any issues.
Prior to your initial meeting, come up with a list of needs (those things that you must have in your remodel) versus wants (those things that you’d like to have, but aren’t necessary to your overall satisfaction with the finished project). See what options the prospective remodeling company can provide to get you what you want within your budget. At the end of the day, it’s not only about the price quoted for your bathroom remodeling, but it’s also about your assessment of the quality of their work, and how you feel about their responsiveness, honesty and openness in your initial conversations.
If you have a bathroom remodel project that you’d like to get started on, or have questions about choosing a reputable remodeling company, feel free to reach out to us here at Experts Remodel. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the process of redesigning and remodeling a bathroom!