Dear expert: How does someone choose a contractor for a remodeling project?
A. One of the most important aspects of any successful project is the dialogue between the homeowner and the contractor. When interviewing, ask yourself, “Is the contractor really listening to me?” and “Am I really listening to the contractor, and if not, why not?” You want to feel comfortable tossing ideas back and forth with this person, and that they value your input. Avoid contractors who make things sound quick and easy, or offer free or nearly free design services. The old adage of, “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more appropriate. A quick or free design doesn’t solve all of the requirements of a space and often leaves challenges to be solved later, for more cost and after your home is already torn apart.
Expert note: Choosing your contractor is much like choosing a good partner. You go out on a few dates to see if you have a connection and make sure no warning bells go off. Then, when it feels right, you make a commitment.
—Ed Roskowinski, CR
Vujovich Design Build, Inc.