From admin on September 2nd, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel
As popular as bathroom remodels are, renovating a bathroom is one of the hardest projects to get right. It’s a challenge to fit everything you want into a small bathroom, especially when that can involve complex construction, plumbing and electrical work.
As a homeowner, you want assurance that your bathroom contractor is knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy and creative. How do you find a contractor with all-star qualifications?
Start with contractor referrals
The best starting point is an independent contractor referral service. At CalFinder.com, you can search contractors that are triple-vetted for licensing, insurance and quality control.
To get pricing from bathroom contractors near you, click here.
Contractor rates are also notoriously low in the fall. Now’s a great time to compare bids.
Why are these standards important?
In most states – Florida and Utah are notable exceptions – general contractors are only required to pass a written licensing exam to legally operate their business.
While most start out as construction workers, working themselves up by gaining experience in different aspects of the trade, some may not acquire the specific knowledge and experience needed to master bathroom design and construction.
Before hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor, make you sure you understand what qualifications indicate true all-star qualities.
Check their trade affiliations
Belonging to trade associations keeps professional contractors abreast of advances in technology, regulations and education. Your small bathroom contractor should be listed with one or more of the leading industry associations.
When a bathroom remodel involves extensive or complex plumbing configurations or designs, look for a certification association such as the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, which provides certifications in plumbing and engineering design.
Any contractor that will be doing plumbing work in your home should be associated with plumbing trade industry groups, such as the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, a leading association with 4,000 members.
Proof of insurance and permits
Another indicator of a quality, professional bathroom remodel contractor is exhibited by a knowledge of all required building permits for your renovation project, and a willingness to obtain those permits for you as part of the contract.
The contractor should offer a certificate of insurance with your name listed as the holder. A professional contractor should be able to provide you with proof of workers’ compensation and minimum levels of liability insurance for workers.
Before hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor, be sure to check references, including visiting and inspecting similar projects that the contractor has completed.
Assessing the satisfaction of other clients with the bathroom remodeling contractor’s workmanship, integrity, as well as the materials and equipment used, can help ensure that your bathroom remodel will meet all your expectations.
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