check out my article The home improvement remodeling guide is for inexperienced homeowners, who for the first time are planning a home remodeling project. The desire to upgrade outdated inefficient equipment, enhance life style or increase property values are valid reasons to remodel.
It is important for the novice to do their homework prior to contemplating a remodeling project. A wise move would be to start assembling a packet file including pictures, brochures and other information which will be helpful in designing the project.
To put together a list of contractors, the owner should check local advertisements, the yellow pages for remodeling contractors, local contractors associations, building departments and material showrooms.
The next decision would be to decide if the owner intends to contract the work internally or hire an architect, general contractor or a construction manager. The selection of experienced contractors, suppliers, architects and others are very important to the success of the project.
For most projects, a remodeling general contractor will provide plans and drawings. A plan or sketches are the next documents needed to securing bid proposals from a list of contractors or suppliers.
The bidding process starts by selecting at least three or more contractors to bid on each item of work. Reviewing and interpreting the bid proposals are important to selecting a contractor. The contractors bid proposals will include a description of the scope of work and other clarifications in their bid.
The invited contractors will do a site inspection prior to placing a bid. They will ask questions, make suggestions regarding the plans and point out other issues that may effect the price of their bid. Keep in mind that each of them should give you a written proposal based on the plans and specifications.
The contractors should also be advised that all bid proposals need be delivered to you on a certain date. After all of the bids are received, the bid proposals need to be reviewed for content and qualifications.
In order to select a successful contractor, the owner will need to ask questions regarding the bid proposal, contractor's past projects and references from other customers
here is a short list to consider in reviewing the proposals.
1. Total lump sum price for all work ( including all permits and taxes )
2 note - exclusions of any kind
3 note - payment stipulations
4 read contract- legal and agreement terms
5 if permits are required who procures and pays them
6 is rubbish removal included in bid
7. Note - start and finish dates
8. Agree on unit prices for trades and contractor % mark-ups on extra work
9. Require all contractors to be insured and licensed
10.Clarify, if contractor will accept and install owner purchased equipment at no charge
11. Contractor to have on site supervision to coordinate work
12. Warranties and time limits
13. Contractor responsible for clean up and protection
14 require final waivers of lien for materials and labor from all contractors before final payments are made.
16 open during the contract negotiations, the owner should feel comfortable with the selected contractor before offering to sign an agreement. Be cautious of someone who presses you to sign a contract and who is looking for large upfront payments.
When a contractor has been selected, contract agreement signed, the contractor will schedule starting the work.
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