If you are looking to make minor improvements to your bathroom, (e.g. replacing a faucet or a mirror) you may be tempted to do this yourself. However, a full bathroom remodel – which can potentially add significant value to your home – typically requires professional assistance. The type of professional who can help you with such a construction project is known as a bathroom remodeling contractor.
What Is A Bathroom Remodeling Contractor?
A bathroom remodeling contractor is a general contractor who specializes in bath remodeling work. This individual is the one to whom you should address all questions about your remodeling project (timeline and logistics, cost, whether any special permits are needed, etc.). The answers to your questions will depend on several factors, including staying within your budget, the size of your bathroom, and the type of work you wish to have completed in the room.
What To Look For When Hiring A Contractor
In order to ensure that your bathroom remodel will be high-quality, you must carefully choose your contractor. A bathroom remodeling contractor should be experienced, have official accreditation, and – ideally – be recommended by other homeowners. Here is a close analysis of the three main things to look for when hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor.
Examples Of Previous Work
One of the first things you should request of a remodeling contractor is a portfolio of his/her previous work (in the form of pictures). As with any other service, it’s important to perform basic research beforehand, and this includes gaining a sense of the quality and style of a contractor’s past remodels and the types of bathrooms he/she has worked on, among other things. Be sure to pay attention to whether there is consistency in a contractor’s past work, given that this is a strong quality in any home construction professional.
Verify Licenses And Credentials
After observing and assessing a contractor’s previous work, you should ask for his/her license and credentials. This includes a verification of bonding, insurance, education, and a criminal background check. Online contractor-matching services such as HomeAdvisor can pair you with a professional who is a strong fit for your bathroom remodel. Be sure to also verify that all of a contractor’s licenses and registrations are up-to-date before hiring him/her.
Testimonials From Other Clients
Much like a series of positive reviews of a restaurant from past customers might entice you to dine at that establishment, glowing testimonials of a bathroom remodeling contractor from previous homeowners may grant you significant peace of mind when weighing multiple options for this type of professional. Evidently, the more detailed a testimonial is, the easier it will likely be for you to decide whether a contractor is a good fit for your needs and interests. For a less informal opinion, you may also try asking friends or family members for recommendations of bathroom remodeling contractors.
There are also several other precautions you can take before hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor. You can ask for things such as the timeline for the project, as well as detailed, written estimates. You may also discuss reusing or supplying your own items for the remodel. Once you have selected a remodeling contractor, it may be wise for you to sign a legal contract that lists all the project’s details, including cost and start and end dates. You will also likely benefit from developing a clear vision for your bathroom remodel (including the scale of the project) before hiring a contractor, as this could potentially help ensure effective communication between you and this professional.
Contact The Bathroom Remodeling Experts At Monumental
Reach out to the professionals at Monumental Contractors in Washington, DC, for more information on bathroom remodels, which can help increase your home’s resale value. We are a family-owned-and-operated contracting company dedicated to serving the DC Metro Area. We strive to uphold our core values of integrity, quality, respect, and accountability in every project we undertake.
The team at Monumental will always work tirelessly to complete your remodel in a timely manner, regardless of your budget and the scope of the project. Our bathroom remodel process always includes the same steps. It begins with an initial consultation with one of our design and construction professionals so that you may explain your vision for the project. Once the design agreement has been signed and ratified, we will gather all of your selections for the remodel, including paint colors, lights, flooring, vanities, and permits (if necessary).
The next step involves a pre-construction meeting to discuss project timeline and logistics. After this meeting, the construction phase begins and a quality check will be performed. The process concludes with a final walk-through inspection to ensure that every question has been answered.