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How To Find A Good Basement Finishing Contractor

By On June 28, 2012 Under Uncategorized

You’ll be surprised to see how a dark, humid, cool and drippy basement can look like after renovation. Here are some pointers that will make it is easy to hire a good qualified basement finishing contractor and get value for your money:
Choose the right contractor specific to your work

You can contact the contractors through the yellow pages index.You can also find basement finishers on the net who can match your needs and your demands. Another important thing is to check your local Better Business Bureau so that you don’t hire a contractor with unresolved issues with past clients. Also you can verify the contractor’s license and insurance and ensure that the insurance covers personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation. Lastly consider how well you can communicate with the contractor. Always hire somebody with whom you think you’ll be able to establish a good working and professional relationship.
Try to judge how responsible the company is is

If a contractor is non-responsive on the phone or is late for an appointment, or does not get back to you in a timely manner during the estimate process, chances are he is not the right person. Observe if he listens to what you want and is willing to educate you on the finishing process?

Get bids from multiple contractors

Getting multiple bids helps for comparison. Compare the companies’ guarantees, warranties, years in business, reputation, and references to make sure you get the best value at The Right Price which may not be the lowest but it will certainly be competitive & in line with your other bids! It is usually good to go with a company specialized in basement finishing because they will be accustomed to dealing with the unexpected problems of basement finishing. An ideal quotation should give you an itemized quote so you will know how much each part of your project will cost!
Ask for a design of the space on a computer

By designing your space on a computer, contractors get precise measurements. Otherwise trial and errors will make the cost go up significantly.

Ask contractors to give references of projects they have done earlier. Talk to the customers about their experience and if they agree stop by and see their newly finished basement! Sometimes you will see things you like & will want to incorporate in your basement.

Make sure they have a deadline

A deadline guarantees you from having your basement project dragged out months over the deadline and motivates your contractor to finish on time.

Make sure they stay downstairs

Because you will be living in the house while your basement is being finished it is important your contractor respects the security and safety of your family. Also encourage movement through the windows while finishing your basement as it keeps the construction mess downstairs.
Understand allowances

Contractors give allowances for things like flooring, cabinetry, and plumbing fixtures because their cost varies depending on the customers’ final choice. It is therefore important to make sure you make sure the allowances are realistic before your basement starts. Do not pay contractors a significant amount upfront as he would use the money to pay for past projects.

Hope these simple guidelines will help you to choose a contractor you can have confidence in and feel safe and secure while you get you basement finished.

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