During a large scale remodeling project, there are many questions that a homeowner may forget to ask, says the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
You would think that launching an entire remodeling project would spark a truckload of questions from wary homeowners who have heard the horror stories from friends and neighbors about fraud, shoddy workmanship, or projects left unfinished by fly-by-night contractors. Surprisingly, though, contractor members of NARI admit they aren't asked enough questions.
"Timing and money are the most common questions we hear," says NARI President Mark Brick, CR, CGR, and president of B & E General Contractors in Glendale, Wisconsin. "During an interview with a homeowner, homeowners should be asking about credentials and verifying business practices, rather than just "˜When can you start? When will it be finished?' and "˜How much will it cost?'"
These few questions simply aren't enough. If a homeowner wishes to have a successful remodeling project, they should learn the right questions to ask and how to ask them.
Other popular queries homeowners pose are: "What time will you knock on my door each morning?" "What time will you quit for the day?" "Are you going to work every day?" "Can you finish before (insert any major holiday or significant family event)?" and "How much will it cost per square foot?"