Any combination of contractors could be necessary for your remodel, so it’s crucial to know what’s truly involved in your redesign.
Returning to the kitchen remodel example, a general contractor could oversee the whole remodel project after a designer has helped to map out the new kitchen. A plumber reconfigures and updates the pipes into a new arrangement for a new line for an island sink. A carpenter frames a new wall with embossed molding to create a pantry closet. An electrician installs new wiring into the new pantry for a recessed lighting fixture and an inspector visits the worksite to make sure everything is up to code throughout the process.
Hiring Your Crew
To find trustworthy and qualified contractors, ask your friends or family for contractors they have worked with before, or use a contractor referral service like HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List. Review multiple contractors and ask for estimated bids on your redesign project (3-4 is standard). Look into their past work, check that they are licensed and insured, and seek referrals or recommendations from previous clients wherever possible. Ensure they are reliable, can finish the work in a timely and thorough manner, and fit your remodeling needs (experience with your type of remodel and they are available for your timeline). It may even be helpful to confer with contracting professionals about other contractors to understand their work ethic.
A good general contractor can likely connect you to subcontractors and other tradesmen who can contribute to your remodel. Also, remember that you get what you pay for, so the lower price doesn’t always mean the better deal in the long run.Likewise, having your cousin fix something may be cost and time-effective, but if they aren’t a pro, that repair may not be as efficient or longstanding.
It’s most important to sign contracts (including terms and schedule of payment) with contractors who understand your vision and communicate well with you, and also have the proper licenses and insurance, a good history of past projects, and happy clients you can get references from.