How To Choose The Right Contractor For Your Renovation
The thought of renovating or extending can be overwhelming, even daunting, but it doesn’t need to be!
Often it’s your decision on which Building Contractor you chose and the building company you engage that will determine your renovating experience.
THE 4 EASY STEPS ALL HOME RENOVATORS SHOULD KNOW
1. THE INITIAL APPOINTMENT
From your initial contact you should be made to feel your Renovation enquiry is important, even if you are right at the beginning of your Renovation Ideas. A suitable appointment should be made and attended to on time by the contractor. This contractor should display a trade confidence but also demonstrate a willingness to discuss your ideas and concerns with you, after all,
THIS IS YOUR HOME!
Most importantly, this appointment should be offered as an Obligation and Cost Free opportunity for you to discuss your ideas with a trade professional. You may then decide to progress to Quotation stage where a small quotation fee may be charged for an all inclusive quotation.
2. YOUR RENOVATION QUOTE
Your Renovation quote should arrive to you quickly, no longer than 2 weeks. This is the contractors chance to deliver its first promise to you. It should be a comprehensive, all inclusive quote that accurately costs your proposed renovation to you. It should include all the specifications mentioned in the initial appointment and consider all council, trade and certification requirements. On review of this quote, the contractor should welcome any questions or changes you may have.
This renovation quote should leave you confident about a realistic price to achieve a high quality renovation to your home.
3. GETTING TO KNOW THE CONTRACTOR
Before making a final decision on which contractor you will engage, take the time to get to know them. It’s very important to do some research on any prospective contractors. Confirm their licence validity with QBCC and any records against them. This should always yield a clear result. Does the contractor have an office you can visit? Are you speaking with a tradesperson or a salesperson? What is the “vibe” you are getting from them? What’s the contractor’s response to your questions and concerns? Can you preview a contract before signing? Do they have testimonials and past clients you can speak with?
These answers are a great indication of the company you are thinking of entrusting your family home to!
4. YOU HAVE DECIDED ON A CONTRACTOR. WHAT NOW?
Congratulations… You have decided on a contractor but now is the time when you should be listening hardest to your instincts. If you have chosen the right contractor they will continue giving you the time and attention to details you deserve, even after informing them they are your chosen contractor. The right Contractor puts a great deal of emphasis on client communication and will guide you through the steps following a contract signing.- Drafting Certification and Construction- right through to the end of your completed renovation and then tells you to contact them anytime for any future questions or concerns, that you are a client for life!
All professional contractors should acknowledge that although Renovations and Extensions may be their chosen trade, it is not an everyday occurrence for you and your family and every attempt should be made to make this process an exciting and stress free experience for you.
Every step you take on the renovation path, you should expect from your Contractor and all Team Members, nothing but Care and Attention, Communication, Trade Confidence and Professionalism!