In our years of business in the Pittsburgh area, we have worked with thousands of customers who have experienced the difficulty of sorting through the options before making a decision. We have also had the unfortunate experience of renovating poorly done work from previous contractors who cut corners.
The difference between a great remodeling company and a poor one can be the difference between the home of your dreams and a nightmare you can’t seem to wake up from.
The good news is there are specific steps you can take to figure out which remodelers are the ones you can count on to deliver on their promises.
Here are three quick tips that will direct your attention to the most important details when looking for a Pittsburgh remodeling company:
Ask to See Their PaperworkWhen it comes to selecting a remodeling company, know your deal breakers. A big one is insurance. The two main forms of insurance you want to look for are contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
If a company is hesitant about the subject or cannot assure you they are properly insured, that’s enough of a deterrent to walk away.
Skillset Meets the Project NeedsKnow the level of ambition for your project. Is it a straightforward case of skilled labor, or does your project require a sophisticated knowledge of design concepts? Some companies excel when it comes to craftsmanship, but don’t have the design background. Other companies may be a little more expensive but have more expertise in design to offer.
Even the best company can provide disappointing results if they’re not ideally suited to work on the project. Be honest about what the demands of the project are and don’t try to settle for a company that will have its expertise stretched to accomplish it.
Eliminate UnknownsThanks to technological advances, the world has never been more connected. You can find out just about everything you need to know about a contractor before you even make contact with him. Customer satisfaction rates, areas of expertise, services available, and any awards the company has received is all useful information that is available with a few quick searches.
On the other hand, if you can’t even find a review from a site like Houzz or Angie’s List, then you should probably remove that company from consideration and continue to look elsewhere.
And with all the great resources online, don’t discount the value of a good recommendation. Contact friends, family, and neighbors who have recently had work done on their homes to learn about their experiences. A real life testimonial can tell you more about how a company actually operates than an impersonal review online.
If you use these three simple tips to help guide your remodeling company search, at the end of the day you can be confident that you’re making a good selection!