3 Questions to Ask Contractors

If you’re hiring a contractor to do work around your home, ask these questions first:


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If you’re hiring a contractor to do work around your home, ask these questions first:

1.  What is your schedule like?  The best contractors might be in demand, so don’t waste your time or theirs before assuring that your time frame and their match up.

2.  Do you have referrals?  Ask for the names and phone numbers of past clients.  If they refuse for any reason find someone else.  Follow up with the referrals and get feedback from the homeowners.  If the referrals are willing, go check out the contractor’s work in person.

3.  What is your name and license number?  Get the full legal name of the contractor’s business as well as all contact information and the license number.  Follow up by calling around and verifying the status of the contractor and their insurance policies.

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Sussex County?  Give us a call at Cooper Realty Associates and put us to work for you – 302-644-2266.

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Tips for Getting the Best Remodel Bid

Yesterday I wrote about tips for finding a contractor. Today, I am following up with tips for getting the best bid. When you’re planning an addition or remodel, knowing the average costs of the job you hope to do is helpful. One helpful guide for figuring average costs is to judge by the square footage of your space. Generally speaking, for a gut remodel,


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Yesterday I wrote about tips for finding a contractor.  Today, I am following up with tips for getting the best bid.  When you’re planning an addition or remodel, knowing the average costs of the job you hope to do is helpful.  One helpful guide for figuring average costs is to judge by the square footage of your space.  Generally speaking, for a gut remodel, a kitchen remodel falls between $170-180 per square foot, a powder room averages around $130-140 per square foot, a full bathroom averages around $155-170 per square foot, and a family or living room runs about $85-$100 per square foot.  Once you factor the average range for your space, adjust for labor costs in your location (whether they are higher or lower than the average in the nation).  In the Sussex County area, increasing the general estimate by about 30-40% is probably a good average.  Once you’ve done that, you can adjust your estimated cost up or down based on the finishes you desire.  These averages assume mid-range fixtures, but if you’re going for upgrades such as granite countertops or stainless steel appliances in a kitchen or stone tile, heated floors, and soaking tubs in the bathroom, you need to raise your number again, by at least 30-50% depending on the number of upgrades you want.  Once you have a very general idea of the kind of estimate you are looking at, you can adjust your project to fit your budget (consider less updates or skip the gut remodel and replace or refinish what you’ve got instead!).  Then, go out there and get your (minimum of 3!) estimates.  Finally, be upfront with the contractors you choose about your bottom line and they will be able to help you get the most bang for your buck!

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Sussex County?  Give us a call at Cooper Realty Associate and put us to work for you – 302-644-2266!

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Thursday Three: 3 Ways to Save Money on a Contractor

Thinking of remodeling? Here are a few ways to save money on a contractor:


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Thinking of remodeling?  Here are a few ways to save money on a contractor:

1.  Get Several Quotes
Let the contractors you are interviewing know that they have competition.  Haggling isn’t really the best option, since contractors might give you the price you want to hear and then cut corners to make it happen.  But if contractors know you are considering others they are more likely to give you their best price.

2.  Throw Out a Lowball Offer
Before the contractor bids, name a ball park budget that is around 20-25% less than you are really expecting to spend.  He might laugh in your face, but he’ll be thinking about your “budget” when he puts together your quote.

3.  Work With Your Contractor
After you decide on a contractor, work with him.  Ask him to suggest ways you could modify the project plans to save money, and be willing to make some changes.

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Sussex County?  Give us a call at Cooper Realty and let us help you — 302-856-6434.

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