Installing louvers can be an incredibly stressful process. Not only is it often very expensive, but the process can require significant disruption to your daily life while the work is in progress. That’s why finding a contractor you can trust is so important. All too many people are left with unfinished projects, disappointed, or swindled. Before you make your first payment or move forward with any construction take a look at these steps to make sure you and your home are protected from contractors of ill-repute.
Consider The Types Of Work
Will you need contractors with specific specialties, a general contractor, or an architect? Different projects call for different specialists if you plan to remove walls or alter any structural items you may want to consider an architect. Meanwhile, if you are starting a large project that requires multiple services a general contractor can help keep everything in order.
Do Your Research
Before you settle on any contractor or service provider make sure to complete thorough background checks. Ask other businesses who they worked with, ask the contractors for references of their work, and make sure to check reviews. You will also want to check into national associations and relevant licensing boards to see that they are up-to-date with their licenses and info and that they are in good standing.
Be Aware Of The Money
Keeping a careful eye on your budget and planning for hidden expenses can be crucial. While most suggest that a budget will increase by 10% to 15% an unscrupulous contractor may try to push those numbers during the process. You’ll want to establish clear guidelines as to how your budget will be spent and what you expect to be finished before they leave. This includes making sure that all items in the contract are reviewed and that you have a process in place for if changes need to be made during construction. You’ll also want to be sure that your contract covers how all sub-contractors are to be compensated, that way you’re not left with extra bills once everything is finished.
Prepare For The End
Once the majority of the work has been completed there is likely to wind up being a list of small items that need to be taken care of before your team completely wraps up. These small projects can add up and often are left unfinished by less professional contractors. Before you fill out your last check make a list of these items and estimate what double the cost would be. Make sure to leave that amount unpaid until the very last task has been completed.
Start Your louver installation Today
If you’re ready to begin your remodeling and don’t want to waste time with the amateurs, the professionals at Hercules Custom Louvers are ready to help. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom louver needs, contact Hercules Custom Iron online or giving us a call at 1-800-331-2590. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.