CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR
- Ask friends and acquaintances who have recently renovated their apartments for a recommendation. Your building's management company may also be able to recommend contractors.
- Ask the contractors for references and check at least a few.
- Make sure they are familiar with the type of work. Ask to see photographs or visit a completed project.
- Make sure the contractor carries appropriate insurance for your job. Your building's management company may have insurance requirements for contractors, or consult an insurance company.
- Request bids (pricing) from at least three contractors to make sure the pricing is competitive. Once you receive and review the bids, invite each contractor for an interview. Ask questions, and make sure you are communicating well with the contractor. Sometimes it is not the lowest price that determines the winning bidder – it might be your comfort level towards a certain builder.
Disclaimer: All information and advice provided here has been compiled by the authors based on experience from their respective practices. The information and advice has been provided to you in good faith. We cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the information as it relates to your specific circumstances. Use this information advisedly. For reliable information regarding your particular renovation you should consult an officially qualified professional in your local area.