When you make a decision to remodel your bathroom one of the primary concerns is how long the job will take. In the summer time, this may be even more of a concern since your family is likely to be using the shower more frequently in warm weather. Before you hire a bathroom remodeling contractor, here are some of the questions you should ask them:
- Date of start – Before you agree to having a bathroom remodeling specialist come in, make sure that you ask about a firm start date. After all, summer means vacations and family stopping in at all times of the day. Be sure that your remodeling project will not interfere with your families comfort.
- Work to be done – All work should be clearly defined in the contract you sign with your remodeling specialist. While it is possible for unexpected things to happen during the construction phase, it is important that your contractor has a firm understanding of exactly what work is to be completed.
- Firm estimate – Be sure that your bathroom remodeling specialist gives you a written estimate of costs associated with parts and labor. Ask ahead of time what the charges are for labor as well as parts. Remember, parts may wind up costing more depending on your preferences. It is also helpful to ask for an updated estimate prior to work commencing.
- Clearing of debris – Ask your bathroom remodeling contractor who will be responsible for removing construction debris. Remember that removal can be very expensive and in most cases, contractors will remove all debris.
- Final date of construction – Find out when the contractor plans to be finished with the remodeling project. Most contractors will provide a firm completion date and arrange for a “walk-through” of the completed project. At this time, your contractor will most likely present their final bill.
- Billing agreements – Determine how the costs are to be paid. Most times a contractor will require a down payment before they begin any work and the balance will likely be due upon completion. Make sure this agreement is fully laid out in your contract.
Bathroom remodeling projects can be very minor such as replacing shower doors and fixtures or may be extensive and include tearing down walls and doing a major overhaul. Before you agree to have a summer bathroom remodeling project start, make sure that you fully understand what you are agreeing to and get all information in writing.