If you are planning a basement finishing project in your Denver home, your success will be greatly dependent on the contractor you hire to oversee the project. Finding the right contractor can mean a pleasant experience and a good end result; hiring the wrong contractor can turn into an expensive nightmare.
Here are some tips to ensure you have the best experience when professionally finishing your basement
Tip #1: Make a Short List of Contractors to Interview
In general, a list of no more than three contractors is adequate. It takes quite a bit of time and effort to set up appointments, meet with each individual, discuss the details of your project, and so forth. By doing some research ahead of time, you should not need to meet with any more than three.
How do you find these contractors? You can start with a Google search, such as “basement finishing project in Denver” and take a look at the list that pops up. Check out their websites and read their reviews. You can also talk to friends and family.
Tip #2: Talk to the Contractors’ Current and Past Clients
Once you have a short list in hand, ask for references of both current and past clients. By reaching out to past clients, you can find out what kind of work the company has done in the past.
Talking to people whose basements are currently under construction will tell you how this contractor is treating customers today. Customers from three years ago might have had a vastly different experience than current customers.
Tip #3: Resist the Temptation to Simply Go With the Lowest-Priced Contractor
Finishing your basement is a sizable investment, so it’s natural to take a look at estimates and want to go with the one that is the lowest cost. But because this is such an investment, you want to make sure the work will be high quality work that will stand the test of time. Don’t base your decision to hire a contractor strictly on price.
Tip #4: Find Out Who Will Manage Your Project
The person who is managing your project on a day-to-day basis is integral part of your basement finishing success. You might have great rapport with the person who met with you in your home, only to find out that the person who is managing your project is not someone with whom you wish to work. It is common for projects to have specific managers, but make sure you find out who that is and ensure you will be comfortable working with that person.
Tip #5: Make Sure You Understand Exactly What the Contractor’s Proposal Includes
Not all proposals are created equal, so make sure you read the fine print on each one you get. Does the price include flooring, light fixtures, and cabinetry? Never assume! You need to know what material, labor, and expenses are included
when you agree to a proposal.
Ready to talk about your Denver basement finishing project? Contact Ridgeline Design & Build