Whether you are a first-time home buyer or have been living in your house for a while, there eventually comes a time where you want to remodel your kitchen or bath. Perhaps the floors are outdated, or you want a new sink, backsplash or bathtub – despite what you are looking to fix up in your home, there are a few things you should know before hiring someone to remodel your kitchen or bath.
Are the contractors or the remodeling business insured and licensed?
This is pretty high on the list when you are looking for someone to remodel your kitchen or bath. You want the contractors to definitely be insured. If something goes wrong during the remodel, and if your contractors or the business you hired isn’t licensed, chances are you will have to pay the unexpected damages and expenses out of pocket. If you hire an insured business on the other hand, their insurance can and will cover any damages incurred during the remodel. This saves the customer tons of money.
While everyone wants the cheapest labor, it is important to remember this: skilled labor isn’t cheap, and cheap labor isn’t necessarily skilled. If you want to have something done, it’s best to get it done right the first time in our opinion. Ask if the business is covered for both general liability and workman’s comp.
Does the remodeling business have good online reviews?
It pays to do your research. Check reviews on the Better Business Bureau, Google and FaceBook to ensure you are hiring a decent and established company to remodel your kitchen or bath. If you do find a negative review, read through it carefully. Was it something unrelated to the remodeling such as a truck tearing up the grass when unloading material? Were they late to complete the job?
If you really want to be thorough, message someone who left a bad review on their business page and find out exactly what went wrong. Then, when you meet with the business, find out their side of the story as well. If the business handles it unprofessionally, you can expect to experience the same behavior after your remodel job has started.
Is the remodeling company asking for 100% of the money for the remodel up front?
While many retail stores and showrooms do this now, many contractors and businesses without a storefront shouldn’t. Stores and showrooms will charge up front if there are people working in the shop and there is overhead. However, if it is a company or contractor asking for all the money up front and they don’t have any reviews, are not registered with the state or are not licensed, you could be setting yourself up for failure if you hire them. There have been many cases where contractors take the money and run after failing to show for the remodel job a customer hired them for.
How long has the company been in Springfield, MO.?
While there may be several contractors moving to Missouri, again, you want to see their track record. They may be moving here for personal or professional reasons, or they may be moving here because they are running away from another town where they have taken advantage of people who hired them to remodel their kitchen or bath. Again, you will need to ask yourself whether or not they have insurance and are registered with the state. Do they have insurance and are registered with the state?
Are they a skilled tradesman/woman?
How many years of experience do they have as a tradesman or tradeswoman? Do they have references from past customers and clients? Don’t only rely on pictures, and whatever references they have (it could just be family and friends). Instead, do your due diligence. Ask the contractor to show you what he or she is remodeling currently. Call or message some of their past clients after finding out who they have done work for and find out what they have to say.
There are many very skilled contractors and businesses out there which specialize in remodeling kitchen and bathrooms. Unfortunately, though, there are a couple who give the professionals a very bad name. This can be said about most industries, but seeing as construction isn’t always cheap, it can leave an especially bad taste in a person’s mouth after a sordid experience with a crappy contractor.
If you or someone you know would like to remodel their kitchen and/or bath, Direct Install 417 is not only licensed with the state of Missouri, but also carries general liability and workman’s compensation insurance. All of our contractors are professional and skilled tradesmen who have many years of experience and who take pride in their work!
Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri? A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company
We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks. While we specialize in flooring products, flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we also specialize in remodeling kitchens, bathrooms and the like. We pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products. This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.
We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond. Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri. We also specialize in all finishing, such as cabinets, countertops, bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, painting and sheetrocking. We are passionate about floors and remodels, and our passion shows through our work.
If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 368-3203 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting. We look forward to serving you!