A few small improvements could make a world of difference in selling your home. While major renovations might raise the cost of your home, minor fixes might help it sell faster.
Whether it’s big or small, I strongly recommend hiring a home improvement professional for a variety of jobs: Electrical, structural or even cosmetic. While painting the house might seem like a job you might be able to handle on your own, there is a chance that your time could be better spent elsewhere.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with some key questions to ask your contractor before signing any type of contract with them:
1. Can you show me proof of a license, certification, or associations you belong to? Are you bonded?
2. Will you provide three recommendations?
3. What are your specialties — kitchens, bathrooms, or additions? Are there jobs you don’t like to tackle?
4. Will you secure permits?
5. How much must I pay up front for work? When is the remainder due?
6. Do you have a regular team of subs, or assemble different members?
7. How might we resolve conflicts — will resolution be in the contract?
8. How often will you show up at the job site to check progress?
9. How might I reach you — e-mail, phone, text?
10. What is your typical clean-up schedule — daily or weekly?
11. How long will it take to the complete the job? If the job is not completed on time, will I receive a discount?
12. Will you provide a lien release when work is done?
If the answers to any of the questions aren’t what you were looking for, it’s time to look elsewhere. Finding a good contractor can be tough. If you don’t know where to look, ask a real estate agent. They usually know quite a few!
Have I missed any important questions? Sound off below!
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