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Tuesday 13 January 2015
How to avoid renovation rip offs
Home renovation project is as important as any other business project one could be having and sometimes it could be challenging especially if the owner do not have the skills to transform the house into what is more pleasing. Fortunately, there are many people with high qualifications in the field of home renovation, décor and interior design who may be of great assistance.
However there are some factors that one should put into consideration before hiring and also when working with a home renovator expert.
Distractions, noise and other inconveniences are usually unavoidable but it is always possible to solve the problem if you and your family are ready for the renovation process. Discuss with the workers working hours when they are comfortable in order to get the schedule that does not affect your way of life.
Ask for a letterhead.
A letterhead further helps one to know the kind of a person you are working with, whether the contractor is a profession or not. This letterhead should lay down any kind of work that needs to be undertaken.
In case of any faults that may be involved in the workmanship, a labour warranty should be available from your renovating professional to take care of it. And this warranty should last for at least twelve months from the date of completion.
Don’t go by what the renovating professional says, test before acting especially if it’s the first time you are hiring them.
Check the reference.
This should be done especially if you are working with this person for the first time, check out the contractor’s references through recommendations that have been made to him.
Plan to spend more.
One should plan to add more into the budget than the originally planned; this will save you the cost you would have incurred on the forgotten items or plans.
Registration of the renovator.
Ensure that the professional renovator working for you is registered with the business bureau and also call the licensing agency to confirm whether your contractor has a valid license.
Good communication for you will help you know the terms and conditions of what you are getting into and this includes confirming all details required, studying the drawings and always asking questions.
All contracts in writing.
Reality is that a good faith agreement could be misinterpreted by a contractor or you and therefore it is always advised that you should get all the agreements in writing to help you get clarity in the event of a dispute and also for future reference.
Don’t pay first.
Wait until all the work agreed in the contract is complete to avoid drama that may occur in case a contractor delays by even failing to show up for work.