What To Look For In A House Renovations Company: A Primer
Tackling a house renovation isn’t easy, inexpensive, or without having to call upon other people. Odds are high that you will need the help of a house renovations company that has a lot of experience in the exact type of renovations you are wanting. But what should you look for? Below we’ve put together the four key points you should make sure your potential home renovation company can meet – before you hire them.
1. Experience And Licensing
Perhaps the most important thing you could need in a house renovation company is making sure that they are qualified to work on your project. When you are collecting quotes, make sure you spell out exactly what you want renovated. Are you adding on a new bedroom or bathroom? Are you renovating your kitchen? Will a lot of plumbing or electrical work be involved? Make sure you not only get someone with proper licensing, (here are some guidelines about the NZ government building industry licensing) but also that they have a lot of experience and expertise in what you’re renovating. Some companies are pros at kitchen remodels but aren’t very good at adding new wings to your house. Others can do anything that doesn’t involve a lot of plumbing, but if you need a new kitchen or bathroom you may be in trouble. Always do your homework first.
2. Price And Rates
Of course, the next thing you want to know is how much this is going to cost you. Sometimes you might be tempted to go with a cheaper deal, but you have to keep in mind the old adage, “You get what you pay for!” It may be better to wait a longer to save up money instead of going with someone cheaper to get it done faster. You may end up paying for repairs later on that will end up matching the cost of a more expensive company in the first place.
Still, you should always get quotes and go with what is best for you and your wallet. Any company that won’t give you a quote isn’t one worth working with.
3. Estimated Time Until Completion
This ties into the point before and the one below. You want to know how long a company thinks it will take to do your project. You don’t want to be waiting around six months if another company could have done it in one or two.
4. Number Of People Working On Your Project
If you live alone or have small children and pets, you will definitely want to know how many people are going to work on your project, and for how long. You may not be comfortable having a bunch of strangers around your child for more than a couple of weeks, working on one of your bathrooms. Most companies should tell you exactly how many people will be on site and how long they will be there each day. Try to schedule them to be there while your children are at school. That said, unless you have a reason to absolutely trust them, you should have at least one member of your family there to supervise and make sure nothing shaky happens.
Choosing which house renovation company to go with can be daunting, but we hope that our tips have helped you in making the best decision for you, your project, and your family. Keep in in mind the costs, the licensing, the expertise, the insurance, and how long they will be there, and you are sure to have a smooth transition in your new home.