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Question DetailsAsked on 4/1/2012

What Is the process of hiring a contractor? What documents/ quotes should I expect the contractor would provide me and to what level detail

I need to start remodeling my home from kitchen & bath to doors & windows. Contractors provided bulk Part numbers like bathroom will be $11k, kitchen $18k, windows $18k for material & $5k for labor but nothing in detail. At what point would I ask for a more detailed quote and to what level of detail should I expect it to be? Am I supposed to proceed with quotes as they're given to me or ask for breakdown of prices per each subs? Do I get to review and sign the invoices for materials for example from the windows installer, plumbing or just invoice from my general contractor. My contractor's estimate is based on square footage and written scope I provided. I need to start this process but I feel I don't have enough information to commit to a contractor & sign the contact. Do I prepare my own contract or does the contractor have his own. What are the important items that should be in the contract? What is the general practice for payments? How often & what back up docs should be attached

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You should first have all potential contractors base there prices off the same materials and building practices. When it comes to bathroom remodels you should make sure they are using up to date materials(such as diamond rock and waterproofing), because if they don't build to current city and TCNA code your going to be remodeling again sooner then you expect. Same for your kitchen, make sure you maintain your five foot ease of work area(refrigerator to counter, counter to oven, and counter, to sink), basically a circle between all needed areas. Make sure all contractors are buying the same appliances if your replacing them. If your adding granite countertops have them specify the grade, and price. Higher grade, will bring a higher price. Do the same with your door and Windows. I personally will never install replacement Windows, no matter the brand. Windows are made with a nail flange for a reason, plus window wrap is great product. Replacement Windows are only good for brick homes.
Once you find the right contractor make sure everything is in writing. When you and your contractor sign make sure you have a original copy of the contract. Things they should have in the contract are entire scope of work, grade of materials, warranties, exclusions, and payment dates. I personally think with the amount of work you need done you should phase out the work into different contracts for each job(kitchen,bath,doors, and Windows). That way you are not bound to a contractor if their work is not up to par. Our payments are 50% down, 25% at mid point, and 25% at completion.


Answered 8 years ago by KP

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