Planning to get a house makeover this year? Did you get advice from a Feng Sui expert that you should try moving some furniture or change your wall color or perhaps do a little home renovation? Then, why not hire a renovation contractor?
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Reviews and Recommendation
Hiring a renovation contractor means you’re letting other person or group of people in entering your home. This also means that workers will be showing up at your doorstep carrying various decoration materials; may stay past certain time; and will use your bathroom. With these considerations in mind, it is just appropriate to have at least doing some background checking and perhaps asking friends or family relatives or professional for advice and referrals. Through recommendations, your time spent for searching the best renovation contractor in town will be reduced and will be much easier. After then, from the pool of contractors, you may wish to visit their office and do some interviews. It would be good as well to request for quotation so you can keep a tab on the cost.
- License to Work and Insurance Policies
Checking their license and insurance policies may sound offending but believe me, it is not. As their potential client, you have every right to request for such document. Having a license and insurance demonstrates a contractor’s credibility and professionalism. It also shows how transparent they are to their client; thus, trust is built. Insurance, on the other hand, provides you a security that whenever a worker gets hurt along the process of renovation, the contractor could be held liable and the worker would be properly tended too. This will also cover any damages that may affect your neighbour’s home or other private property. Being meticulous and cautious would be of your advantage.
- Project Specialization
Hiring professionals that are experts in their fields mean clients can pose high expectations on their work. Professionals specialise in a particular theme and style such as modern look, Victorian theme, or a rustic room style. Pros working in an interior design company could be the best fit for this. In Singapore, choosing the right renovation contractor is as valuable as choosing where to live. More than the external environment, the interior design of one’s home reflects the personality of the owners. Thus, home owners who wished to do a home renovation, it means that they would want to attract more positive and prosperous vibe in their homes. Requesting for the contractors’ portfolio and proposed draft plan would help you decide if this contractor meets your expectations.
- Signed Detailed Contract or Work Agreement
A contract details the clients’ requirements and the contractor’s responsibilities. Once signed means that both parties have come into an agreement from the costs, the brands of items to be installed, the number of workforce, approximate start, and finish dates, to blueprints, plans, and other special specifications. This serves a legal document that binds the clients and contractors and in some way may provide a basis for expectation.
- Work Force
Of course, clients must know who will be working on the project like if they are regular employees of the renovation contractor or if the contract will be outsourcing its manpower. Just because the contract has been signed already doesn’t mean that the contractor is already off the hook and that they are now in-charge. Remember, these workers will be in your home for days and even weeks. Familiarizing their face, background and knowing how many will be working will not do harm to both parties.
- Client Handling and Client Relations Management
One of the most important tips that everyone should never forget when choosing a renovation contractor is if the company has a designated client’s relations officer. This means that the interior design company that you hire assigns a reliable person who will assess client’s satisfaction and who will answer all the client’s queries and comments. This will serve as a middle man and negotiator between parties making sure that the work is on track and progressing smoothly.
Learning these things may be a bit troublesome but this is how home renovation works. Choosing a reliable and professional interior design company or a renovation contractor to do the work is the first step; then, everything will follow.