Bathroom renovations can add value to your home, but they still represent a sizeable financial investment. To get the best results for your money, you need to work with a renovator who is professional, reputable, and reliable.
There are so many options available that knowing which one to choose may feel impossible. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to select the right renovator for your particular needs.
It is easy to get a certificate in renovation and repair, with many trade schools offering short courses at low prices. The main drawback of these courses is that they only teach the basics and are no replacement for experience.
Instead of checking whether the renovator you want to work with has a certificate, check whether they’ve completed an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are different from courses in that they are more hands-on and last longer. They represent a commitment to the craft and a willingness to spend the time to master the finer details of the work.
A skilled tradesperson will have at least several years of experience and have worked on a wide variety of jobs. Finding tradespeople of this quality can be difficult, but they’re well worth the effort.
View Previous Work
Most contractors will provide references to their previous work on their website. Wherever possible, try to visit these locations in person. You’ll be able to get a good idea of the care and effort the contractor puts into the job. Also, try to find older job sites to get an idea of how well the work holds up after a couple of years. If you’re not able to visit the site personally, try to get some testimonials and up-to-date pictures.
Get at Least Three Quotes
Once you’ve narrowed down your search a bit, you should start shopping around to find the best contractor for your job. We recommend getting at least three quotes from three different companies. Not only do quotations provide you with an estimate of how much the job will cost, but you can also get a good sense of the contractor during the quote process.
You should also use the quoting process as an opportunity to get information on details such as deadlines, warranties and guarantees, what products they use, and how many people will be involved in the renovation. It’s also the right time to hammer out financial details. A contractor that wants most of the money up-front is a red flag as it implies that they don’t have excess funds to invest. Try to find a bathroom renovator that accepts progress payments with the final payment paid at the end of the job.