The average cost of a bathroom remodel is just under $18,000, but you could potentially get about 66% of that investment back in the increased resale value of your home. So, whether you are planning to sell your home soon or might consider doing so at some point down the road, remodeling your bathroom is an easy and relatively affordable way to increase your home’s value while also improving its current look, feel and practicality.
That being said, choosing a contractor to carry out your bathroom renovations can be an overwhelming process. Here are a few tips to make the process a little bit easier.
Ask for recommendations.
When it comes to having a stranger working in your home, you don’t want just anyone. Likewise, you want to make sure the person or crew you hire will produce quality results. One of the best ways to end up with a remodeler you can rely on is to ask others that you know and trust for referrals. Check with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. You could also ask your social media network or others in your local community for recommendations.
Check with past customers.
Most reputable bathroom remodelers will be more than happy to provide a list of satisfied customers who can vouch for their quality workmanship and trustworthiness. Don’t be afraid to ask prospective contractors if they have such a list and then take the time to go through and contact those references. If a contractor seems uneasy about providing customer references, it could be a red flag.
Assess previous work.
Anyone can talk a good game, and believe us, there are plenty of folks in the home improvement industry that do so. The key to finding someone you can trust is to look for a company that has a solid portfolio of previous work that has been completed successfully. Sure, you’ve got to start somewhere, but do you really want your bathroom project to be the guinea pig for someone who’s inexperienced? To protect your investment, look for a remodeler who can back up their claims of quality work.
Look through online reviews.
If you don’t know anyone in your direct network who can recommend a bathroom renovation expert, another option is to head to the web. There are lots of sites on the internet where consumers can provide honest reviews of contractors, including Yelp, Angie’s List and Google. Taking some time to read up on the experiences others have had with each individual or company you are considering can help you narrow your options and find the best one for the job.
Understand your options.
Another important factor when it comes to deciding on which bathroom remodeler is a good fit for your needs is to determine what your payment options are. Many companies and contractors only accept payment in full via cash or check. Others may accept credit cards. The most flexible companies offer the convenience of direct financing. This can be a great option, especially if you don’t have the available funds or prefer not to max out your credit cards.
Once you’ve gone through the steps above and have shortlisted some prospective contractors, the next step should be arranging a consultation with each. At the end of the day, a combination of experience, skill and reputation should help ensure that you end up with the bathroom of your dreams.
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