Remodeling one’s basement can be a tricky affair. To begin with, it's expensive. You will not be renovating your basement often so it has to be thoroughly planned before you can go ahead with the execution. Add to that the challenge of finding a trustworthy and good contractor who will not only deliver you a finished basement exactly the way you want it but do so at a reasonable price.
In this blog, we will discuss some ways which will help you in selecting the right contractor for your basement renovation.
All good contractors will have a business license. A valid business license means that your contractor has met the municipal requirements. He or she will also be able to obtain the necessary trade or construction permits.
Furthermore, only licensed contractors can obtain work-related insurance. This is very important especially in the case of any unforeseen accidents or injuries that might take place within your premises during the course of the construction.
Let's face it. We live in an age of specialists and niche-players. If you have a heart-ache, a general physician may be able to help you but it is always best to consult a cardiologist. Similarly, while any good home remodeling company may be able to adequately help you with your refurbishment, if you are looking to renovate your basement, it is always advisable to hire a professional who specializes in basement remodeling.
These days, home remodeling is heavily regulated and very code-specific. A specialist helps in navigating the tricky road of permits when it comes to specific projects.
A multifaceted approach
Each basement is unique. When you are trying to remodel your basement, you may want to convert it into an extra bedroom, a wine cellar, a bar or a movie theater. Furthermore, each basement has its own separate challenges such as water seepage etc.
Beware of any contractor who advocates a one-size-fits-all approach. Your basement remodel plan and strategy will completely depend upon your requirement coupled with any unique challenges that your basement throws at you. Accordingly, a good contractor will present to you multiple options that address your needs and the requirements of your basement.
Reviews and references
These days, almost every business has its own online profile. With online presence comes online reviews and recommendations. If you are eyeing a contractor to do your basement remodeling, Google his or her business. Read up the online reviews to assess his or her reputation.
Most experienced contractors will be eager to pass on the references of their previous happy and satisfied clients. Speak to the erstwhile clients of any contractor you are interested in to ascertain if the project was completed to their specifications, on time and within budget.
What does your gut say?
You may be surprised to hear this but at the end of the day, trust your instincts. If your gut does not get a positive vibe from the contractor that you meet, do not pursue the relationship any further. If the alarm bells start ringing at the back of your mind when you meet a contractor or there is something off about him or her, it is probably for a reason. Listen to that voice inside you.
As mentioned before, basement remodeling can be a tricky business. Of course, hiring the right contractor can greatly alleviate your stress and anxiety and make the project a hassle-free and smooth experience.