Being educated in the process of selecting the contractor for your next remodeling project is not easy, there are so many factors, including labor quality, permits, timelines and materials used. Here are five questions that you may not have considered for when you hire a Chicago based remodeling contractor.
Would you itemize your proposal and bill?
Many contractors like to give you a single total cost estimate for each project. However, if you ask, I am sure if they want to work with you, they would have no problem providing a cost breakdown for the aspects of each project. I.e. HVAC systems, electrical, carpentry, design, planning, etc. If you ask a contractor for an itemized proposal and you receive any resistance, this may be a red flag and most likely should not be hiring this contractor.
With your bid, are you estimating the cost or submitting a fixed cost?
The difference could mean a huge cost difference. An estimate will not provide for the final cost of a project. A Fixed cost will give you a detailed final price that you pay for all work and materials involved in a project. If the contractor has a concern or unsure, consider the expectation of having a change order if there are any matters that cannot be determined in the bid process, however, arise during the build phase of the project.
How long have you been working in Chicago in home remodeling?
I have been working in construction for all of my life. I have been working with my family in Chicago for a long time and have a strong passion to remodel and give new life to your home. I have plenty of references that I can supply for you in order to see the level of service and quality that I have brought to past and repeat clients.
Who do you work with for supplying your build projects?
I work with many of the best supply houses in the building industry. For your project, I can only deal with suppliers that provide materials that are of superior quality and delivered in a professional and timely manner. For everybody that I deal with, we have a professional relationship and we can trust them as well as them trusting us. We pay them on time and understand how crucial it is to keep that in check.
Would I be able to meet the Foreman of this project? Can I meet him at a project that he is currently working on?
Sure, if you would like, I can arrange a meeting with the Foreman of your future project. I would love to set up an in-person meeting so you can see how he manages a project and ensures safety first and the best quality practices in construction. I understand that a lot of contractors such as myself, sometimes are not involved in the labor aspect and do rely on a Foreman to oversee projects where I cannot be available. My Foreman has worked in the construction industry and is constantly updating their skill set on knowledge, building techniques, safety, and professionalism. You can trust that my team has your best interests in the highest respect.