Properly Vetting Your Contractor

It can be challenging to find a competent bathroom contractor these days. With the amount of money you are going to invest in your new project, you want to be sure you have chosen someone you can trust. We have compiled a list of questions and concerns to consider before signing anything.

 

Get The Bid In Writing

Request a written itemized estimate. Be wary of estimates that seem too good to be true as they may be an indication of a hasty job or key items being left out. Obtain a few quotes and compare. If one big comes in way higher than the others, don’t be afraid to ask what that includes that another quote doesn’t. Consider putting a liability release in the contract, which will ensure that you and the contractor are protected if any accidents occur.

 

How And When Do I Pay?

Do not use someone who asks for all of the money upfront. A contractor who asks for the entire balance in advance is someone you should run away from. It’s common for contractors to ask for a deposit, but avoid anyone who expects to be paid in full before the work is complete.

Who Will Be At The Site And How Will It Be Supervised?

Find out if the crew works for the company or will be a group of hired out subcontractors. Will there be a foreman on site overseeing everything? The foreman is your eyes and ears onsite and should be open to communication with you about how the project is coming along.

 

What Guarantees Can Be Given?

Ask about guarantees for the work that will be done. Do not sign anything until you are happy with what you are receiving. You want to see in writing that the contractor will be obtaining the proper permits and following guidelines. In addition, ask about any warranties the contractor provides with the work. If they are offering a warranty, it means they stand by their work and will be more likely to do the job right.

 

Are They Insured?

Ask to see documentation that they are properly insured. You could be in for some legal trouble if an accident happened in your home and they were not covered. You could also be in for added expenses if they do a shoddy job or caused an issue to your home. Their insurance should cover their employees, liability, and accidents.

 

Ask About The Project Timeline

It is reasonable to discuss a timeline and have the contractor stick to it. While surprises may pop up, an outline is good to have. In addition to a timeline, ask what hours the contractor typically begins and ends the day with. They should be open to working with your daily schedule within reason. Be sure to ask for open communication in case the timeline changes or issues arise.

At MDH Unlimited we strive for complete customer satisfaction. We guarantee our work and do everything in our power to complete the job properly in the timeframe we give.

Making the decision to remodel your bathroom is an exciting decision to make. Before jumping in head first, there are a few things you should consider.

Know Your Budget

  • You need to have an idea of what you’re willing to spend and stick to your budget. Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in your new bathroom.

Timeline

  • Get a clear timeline from your contractor of how long your remodel will take. The scope of the project greatly affects the timeline of any remodel. Planning time is crucial, especially if you only have one bathroom in your house. Be sure to factor in not only the time it will physically take but deliveries of products and any changing in plumbing.

Hidden Problems

  • Depending on how many changes you are planning to make, gutting your bathroom and starting over is a good idea if you have an older home. It allows you to discover problems that may have been hidden and you can have them fixed properly during the remodeling process. An older home may have water damage, outdated pipes, or other issues that come about with age or improper installation.

Design Style And Functionality

  • Search for ideas and mention them to your contractor. The over the top bathrooms you see on Houzz and Pinterest might not be doable within the space and budget you have. Be clear about your list of must-haves and what are lofty dreams. Together you can come up with a beautiful bathroom that is also functional for your lifestyle.

Measurement And Limitations

  • There are 3 major limitations which really make size matter in bathroom renovation: the overall size of the bathroom (usually the smallest room in the house), the location of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring, and the typical standard dimensions of bathroom fixtures. While having an oversized master bathroom would be grand, sometimes there are too many limiting factors.

Finding The Right Contractor

  • Hire a contractor you can trust. Look up reviews, speak with previous clients and ask all of your questions before committing to a specific contractor. Make sure that communication is clear and that you will be clued in on the project the entire time. At MDH Unlimited we aim to provide the best customer service and want to ensure you are completely satisfied with every aspect of the project.

Extra Storage

  • A common reason for wanting a bathroom renovation is to have more storage space. This is especially true for older homes since rooms were built smaller back then. Custom cabinets are a great way to accommodate all of your storage needs and to have something personalized to you.

Walls And Flooring

  • Avoid trends and choose a style that will age gracefully. You can go as basic as scratch-resistant linoleum floors all the way up to heated marble floors. Backsplashes, walls, and shower tiles are all something to think about when deciding to remodel. You can have fun here with a little color.

Proper Ventilation

  • Ventilation is crucial in a wet room like the bathroom. It needs to planned right to ensure proper ventilation. Mold can grow quickly in a consistently damp room, and no one wants to deal with that mess. Continual airflow can also prevent both the decay of any wooden trim or fixtures and the saturation of building insulation.

Saving The Environment

  • Going green is more budget-friendly than ever. Consider a low-flow toilet that uses less water and saves you money in water bills, low-VOC or no-VOC paints, vanities made from sustainably harvested wood, or recycled glass tile surface countertops. There are so many options in the green market now.

Overall Satisfaction

  • Before your contractor leaves, do a walkthrough of the project and make sure everything is as described in the initial bid. If anything isn’t up to par, now is the time to speak up. Remember that you paid for this project and it should be to your liking.