Whether your basement renovations call for a modest update or a complete overhaul, it’s essential that you explore and find the best Atlanta contractor for the job before committing to hiring them. Because no two renovations are the same, asking the right, pointed questions helps ensure that you’re getting the best contractor for the job.
However, it can be difficult to know exactly what to ask; your basement renovation is likely very different than contractors’ previous jobs, taking the time to get the specifics about your project—as well as other essential information—is key to hiring the right Atlanta contractor for your unique needs.
Ask the following questions when evaluating your contractor for the job.
Question #1: Are you licensed and insured?
You’ll want to ask this question right off the bat. Because basement renovations require the use of tools and heavy machinery in and around your home, it’s important to make sure that, in the event of an accident or other issue, they are licensed to perform the renovations in the state of Georgia. Elite Construction & Renovations is proud to be licensed to serve our Atlanta neighbors.
Question #2: How long have you been around?
Make sure you find out how many years your contractor has been serving their community. You’ll want to hire a company that not only has years of experience but a company that has specific experience for your project. You may not want to go with a company that’s been around for a decade but doesn’t promote its basement renovations.
Instead, explore your options for companies that offer a balance between the number of years they’ve been in business and their basement remodeling projects. Ask to see examples of their work, and compare their services with what you’re looking for in your project.
Question #3: Can you meet my budget?
Setting a budget is an essential part of all basement remodeling projects. Before reaching out to your Atlanta contractor, make a budget and list out any must-haves, nice-to-haves, and any optional additions. Present this list to your contractor and have a candid discussion about how much (if any) wriggle room you have in your budget. Reputable contractors will be honest about your basement renovation’s costs and expectations, as well as offer any pertinent information about meeting or exceeding the budget.
Question #4: What’s the timeline?
Depending on the scope of your project, it could take a matter of weeks of several months to complete your renovation. When you speak with your contractor, be sure to ask for a realistic timeline, even if it extends beyond your expectations.
If this is the case, be sure to ask your contractor why that is. Often, some renovation requests may take longer than homeowners expect—but it can be well worth the additional time to get the basement you deserve.
Question #5: Can you provide a list of references?
One final piece of advice: ask your contractor for a list of references and contact them if available. Many contractors are happy to provide this list and, if yours does, take advantage. Learn all you can about the contractor from previous clients before you agree to the project.
One of the major advantages of speaking with previous clients is that you’ll likely get unfiltered opinions and details that can guide your decision-making process in hiring (or not hiring) this contractor. This is another key element in ensuring you get the best contractor for your Atlanta basement renovation.
Turn to Elite Construction & Renovations for your next project
Whether you’re ready to get started on your basement renovation or you need guidance, input, or have questions, reach out to us today.