How to Find and Choose the Best Remodeling Contractor in North GeorgiaJuly 10, 2023 | Remodel
So, you’re ready for a new dream kitchen or a master bathroom oasis. Perhaps you’re in need of a mother-in-law suite or you’d like to remodel the basement into an entertainment hub that will be the envy of all your neighbors.
You’ve got some ideas, maybe even a vision for your remodel project. So how do you find the best home remodeling contractor for your project, the right person to work on your home in North Georgia? How can you find someone, for example, in Gainesville or Cumming who is not only top-rated and skilled but will stand behind their work and deliver an experience that won’t turn your dream remodeling project into your worst nightmare?
Remember when you choose a remodeling contractor, you’re not only hiring someone to do a job, you’re inviting someone into your home. That person (or persons) has the potential to reshape the way you live and experience your home, not just for the duration of the remodel, but for years to come. It’s important to narrow down your choices and consider more than price. Unfortunately, this is not always easy. In fact, finding and choosing a good remodeling contractor can be more difficult than the project itself.
Don’t fret. We’re here to help guide you through the process. At a minimum, you should expect to examine portfolios of previous work, check licensing, listen to referrals, and gather competitive bids before you make a final decision. Let’s walk through the steps.
Start by gathering recommendations
The first step in finding the right remodeling contractor for your project is to make a list of North Georgia contractors near you who have the right expertise. Use the internet to search Cumming, Gainesville, Forsyth, Dawson, etc. to find someone that services your area. Compile a list of more names than you think you’ll need. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. Be sure to check online reviews and social media as well for top-rated contractors.
A good contractor will make it easy for you to find and contact them. It should be easy to find reviews and examples of their work. Be wary of contractors who are difficult to find or lack basic information such as a decent website, social media presence, and online reviews.
Ask about both design and construction
Unless you already have a designer, engineer, and/or architect, your remodeling contractor should be well-versed in both functional, beautiful design as well as safe construction. Ideally whoever you hire either has an on-staff team of designers, engineers, 3-D modeling experts, and architects or has a close relationship with outside specialists who can be pulled in when needed. A one-stop remodeling contractor is often referred to as a design-build contractor. This type of contractor keeps you from having to search for different specialists and ensures those specialists already have a working relationship. However, it’s important to determine that both design and construction work are up to your standard. Ask the same questions of your design-build contractor that you would ask an architect or designer and a builder. Ask about their design style, construction team, and subcontractors. Examining portfolios and viewing previously completed projects in-person, can help assess the design and construction capabilities of your remodeling contractor.