Whenever making life-changing decisions, it’s common to constantly go back and forth on issues such as where to live and whether you should take a particular job or keep looking. It’s the same with remodeling your bathroom; you can’t just hire the first contractor that introduces themselves, as doing so could be signing for delays or high costs. What you thought would be a fun lifestyle project might start to seem like a daunting task. It’s, therefore, essential to ask potential contractors the right questions before hiring them. Below are some good ones:

1. How Long Has Your Company Been Around?

This isn’t to suggest that you can’t work with newcomers in the industry or small businesses because, believe it or not, a small business could have up to 250 to 1,500 employees. It’s just that the longer you have been around, the more adept you’re likely to be at remodeling. It’s also a sign that you have experienced personnel and established procedures.

2. Can I See Your Past Reviews or Get in Touch With Past Clients?

Seeing reviews and speaking to past clients can give you a clearer picture of how a potential bathroom contractor works. Pay attention to things like their communication skills, level of quality in the work, punctuality, and workplace cleanliness. If you encounter bad reviews, don’t be in a hurry to write the contractor off. They might still be a suitable fit if they demonstrate effective communication and conflict-resolution skills in their response.

3. What Will Your Work Schedule Look Like?

You don’t want to be caught off guard when people knock at your door too early in the morning. Neither do you want to hire a contractor who’ll still be working as you have your dinner with your family? Ask about their work schedule, everything from the crew’s daily arrival time to the time it’ll take to install new bathroom cabinets.

94% of renovating homeowners, according to Proline, fully or partially replace their cabinets. Asking about the timeline can give you a basic idea of how long the renovation process will take. Ensure the contractor specifies the beginning and ending times for each day’s work so that you’ll know when workers will be on your property, even if you aren’t home. Other than time, ask if the contractor anticipates delays during the renovation process and how they plan to handle them.

Some remodeling companies may queue up the start date of your project to manage multiple jobs at once. This is typically a good indication that their services are in great demand, but it could also be a sign that you’ll have to wait a bit longer for your turn.

4. What’s Your Payment Plan?

A deposit of about 10% is customary to get things started, but if the contractor asks for a higher percentage, that could be a bad sign. It’s a red flag if the bathroom contractor demands a substantial amount or full payment in advance. Before work starts, get them to write everything down, clearly outlining your payment obligations.

5. What Permits Will My Project Require, and Will You Secure Them?

To avoid injury and maximize safety, some remodeling projects may need permits and inspections, especially if you’re extending the bathroom. You might be wondering if this is necessary. Well, it’s just like how obtaining a firearm permit in Colorado requires one to be at least 21 years old. This is crucial for safety and regulation.

You may need a permit to ensure the work complies with regulations and that your homeowner’s insurance will cover it once finished. Consult with your contractor about the inspection and permits needed for the project, and ask to see them. If a contractor is unwilling to let you see the permit, this could indicate they don’t have a license.

Now that you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you’ll realize many potential contractors are angling for your business, each claiming to be the best. This, however, doesn’t mean finding the best contractor to suit your lifestyle will be easy. Ask the correct questions to establish your trust in their competence and expertise. Bring these questions with you on your first meeting with them to establish if they’re a good fit. Remodeling your bathroom could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so choosing the right contractor is crucial.