Price is not everything, but homeowners still have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating prices in any markets. Get at least 3 price quotes in writing, and make sure the quotes are detailed and can easily be compared with others; it's essential that you are able to do book-to-book comparisons.
And here's something to be careful with: If a bidder offers a really cheap price as compared to other bidders, you might want to double check on the details. Maybe some things are lacking, or inclusions are sub-standard. It's not always a good idea to expect top of the line quality and a cheap price. But there's always room for negotiations.
Always ask for references or former clients of your bidders as well, to get an idea of the work they do.
Research material costs
Do some research or consult those who are familiar with the cost of materials which you may need, and see if you're are in any way getting a fair deal.
In fact, it may be wise to keep the cost of labor and materials separately. Bringing your contractor while shopping might be a good idea as well. You could get the list and buy the materials yourself, but contractors, because of their relationships with vendors, might get you better deals.
Think about the best timing
A lot of homeowners consider spring (when weather is warmer) to be the best time to have a remodeling project, but keep in mind that Spring is the busiest time for contractors. And the best contractor for you might not be available. You can get the best deals in the off season, just like with travel packages.
Negotiate contract terms
Not only should you have a written contract, but you should make sure it's specific. It should include exactly what the job entails and the materials to be used in detail. If it's not in writing, some things might not be delivered as expected.
A contract also specifies when the payments will be made. It is advisable to pay in different stages of the project. Make sure your contract has the approximate starting date and date of completion and make payments together with its progress.
Get contractor's insurance information
As much as possible, try to get your contractor's insurance information before the project starts, so if something should happen--for instance, if a heavy hammer is dropped and damages your floor tiles or counters-- you can immediately make the claim. Getting insurance information after the accident happens is just a bit hard to do, so make sure to ask at the start of the project, before anything can go wrong. Good professionals won't be offended by this uncommon request.
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