If you’ve recently made a home purchase that needs a little TLC, or if you’re ready to remodel and upgrade your existing home, finding the right contractor to guide you through the process is a critical step. While this tedious task always seems to raise concerns and cause stress for homeowners, this doesn’t have to be the case. With this simple how-to guide, you can find a qualified and reliable professional to help you achieve your remodeling and renovation goals. Throughout the process, ensure your home is backed by an Ann Arbor Home Insurance policy.

Ask for trusted recommendations.

Check with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a list of members in your local area and check with family and friends to see if they’ve had positive experiences with contractors, as well. This Old House also suggests you pay a visit to your local lumberyard, which sees contractors regularly and knows which ones buy quality materials and pay their bills on time.

Conduct phone interviews.

Speak to qualified candidates over the phone and gauge their experience level, their financial records, and their success rate.

Meet the contractors.

Set up in-person interviews to ensure they are trustworthy and reliable. However, don’t base this big decision on personality alone. Check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure they do not have any disputes with other clients or even subcontractors. Keep in mind you’re going to be spending ample time with this person and their crew, so take your time and choose wisely.

Set up a payment schedule.

For large projects, a schedule usually starts with 10 percent at contract signing, three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced over the duration of the project, and a check for the final 15 percent when you feel that every item on the punch list has been completed, says the article. Financial status and work ethic will be highlighted during this process, so it’s a very important step.

Get it in writing.

Write down an agreement to be signed by both parties that includes the budget, the timeline, the payment schedule, and details of the project.

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At Thayer-Innes Insurance Agency and Freeman Bunting Insurance Agency, we strive to provide comprehensive insurance solutions to support Ann Arbor homeowners. Our homeowners’ policies can be tailored to meet your specific risk exposures and provides much more coverage than a traditional policy, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. For more information about our products, contact us today at (855) 395-6316.