13 Dec Best Questions to Ask Your San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the plunge and start bathroom remodeling project. You’re tired of that old, drab bathroom and looking forward to your luxurious, pristine new amenities. You just may make this new bathroom the focal point of your home. Ok, maybe that’s a bit too far, but it’s not unreasonable to think it may become your new favorite room.
Now that you’ve made the decision to move forward, it’s time to find a San Antonio Bathroom Remodeler who can handle the project and get your dream bathroom out of your head and into your house. There are several key questions to consider when choosing your San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling Contractor, and knowing what to ask in advance can help you save a lot of time, money, and frustration.
1) What’s the Project Timeline?
Few things cause homeowners to have remorse for a remodeling contractor as having a project drag on for an inordinate amount of time. For some reason, many homeowners fail to fully grasp the amount of inconvenience that can go into a bathroom remodel. You’re not able to use your bathroom during the remodel, there are strangers in one of the most intimate areas of your home, and it’s rare that a project ever goes 100% according to the initial plan.
That being said, you want your bathroom remodeling project finished, and you want it done as quickly as possible. Being certain to ask the contractor about the timeline and when the project should be finished will go a long way toward making sure that everyone is on the same page and understands the project’s expectations. Choosing a contractor who fits your timeline and preferences is a good way to ensure a happy working relationship with your San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling Contractor.
2) Are All My Requested Features Included in the Bid?
It seems like this one should be obvious, but there is often a disconnect between the exact materials and specifications that the homeowners want and the ones that the builder plans on using. Sometimes this is just a simple misunderstanding of what is realistic within budget, but sometimes it’s a way for contractors to cut corners and increase their profit margins. Being very specific on what you want will help to alleviate some of these concerns. It’s also a good idea to specify what is and what isn’t included in the project bid. That way, neither side feels like they’re being nickel-and-dimed during the process.
Always be sure to itemize exactly what is going into the bid, and make sure that both parties understand the expectations. Using cheap, low-quality materials can lead to extremely costly repairs down the road, and both parties can get extremely frustrated when their initial expense budget is exceeded.
3) Do You Use Sub-Contractors?
A majority of homeowners think that if they hire General Contractor A to handle their San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling project, General Contractor A is the only party that will be performing the work. However, that’s often not the case. Many general contractors use sub-contractors to help facilitate parts of the work. General Contractor A may be able to handle the overall project, but they call in Electrician B to handle the electrical work, Plumber C to install the new plumbing and piping, and then Granite Company D to provide the materials for the bathroom cabinets and countertops.
While this isn’t uncommon, it can lead to some sticky situations if the homeowners aren’t aware of the process, or if an issues arise down the line. There have been examples of General Contractor A passing the blame for an issue off on one of the sub-contractors, and then the homeowners can be left in a position of disadvantage because they’re unable to resolve the issue directly with the sub-contractor.
As a general rule-of-thumb, always try to find out who is responsible for what aspects of the project, whether they’re general contractors or subs. Knowing this will go a long way to helping resolve any potential issues that might arise.
4) Is There Any Warranty or Service Contract with the Bid?
Ah, every homeowner’s underlying fear when hiring a San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling Contractor; the contractor will finish the project, something will go wrong, and we’ll never see the contractor again. Relax, while that has happened, it’s not nearly as widespread and common as many TV shows and your grumpy neighbor from down the block would have you believe. Most remodeling contractors are hard-working, honest people just trying to make a living off of their craft.
However, there are instances in which something will go wrong after the project is completed due to an oversight during the remodel. It’s always good to know to whom you should turn if one of these problems comes up. It’s maddeningly frustrating to feel like everything worked out perfectly, only to have something break or need repair shortly after the project is finished. Always know who is responsible for any issues after the completion of the remodel, and for how long.
And there you have it. While there are tons of things to ask your San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling Contractor, these four seem to be a very good starting point as a guideline. Start your next project with New Generation Kitchen and Bath! We love bathroom remodeling projects and would be thrilled to answer these (and more) to help you feel 100% at ease with our hands-on-service and accessibility. Our team offers a white-glove level of service and can help turn your dream bathroom into your real bathroom quickly and affordably. Contact our team today and we’ll set up a free consultation, and be sure to check out our current specials and promotions to see if you can save hundreds on your next San Antonio Bathroom Remodeling project!