Starting a bathroom remodel can be exciting. Think about a sleek, new rainfall shower, tiles shimmering in your favorite shade, and a vanity that brings everything together. More than a makeover, it is a way to add value to your home.
One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make about this project will be when choosing a contractor to do the job. You want someone who asks the right questions and offers solutions you had not considered, such as maximizing small spaces or incorporating energy-efficient features. Most importantly, you want a remodeler who can bring your bath space vision to life within your budget.
As industry insiders, today we will explore all the little details you should consider when interviewing potential candidates.
Experience and specialization
A general contractor can get the job done, but a specialist who has experience refurbishing a wide range of bathrooms is obviously better. This is mostly because bathrooms are more complicated than regular rooms. They need precise plumbing and electrical work.
A specialist understands the intricacies of installing or relocating showers, tubs, toilets, and sinks. They know how to work with the varying water pressure, drainage, and moisture control, and how to safely install modern fixtures in a moisture-prone environment. Ask how many bathroom remodels they have completed and request to see a portfolio.
Licensing and insurance
In Texas, contractors – especially those who work with plumbing and electrical systems – need to be licensed. Check their licensing status on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) website. Licensed contractors are more likely to be up-to-date with building codes and regulations, plus, in case a dispute arises, TDLR gives you more recourse for filing complaints.
Also, make sure they have liability insurance and workers’ compensation. During a bathroom remodeling, there is potential for accidental damage. If your contractor has liability insurance, it covers the cost of repairing any damage they might cause. Without this insurance, you might find yourself paying out of pocket or dealing with lengthy legal disputes to recover costs for any damages. If they do not have workers’ comp, you, as the homeowner, could be potentially liable for paying the worker who gets injured.
All good contractors provide a complete quote, listing all estimated costs, before they begin work. Ask for it to make sure you do not get any surprises in terms of costs. When everything is laid out clearly, there is less chance of unforeseen expenses cropping up mid-project, which can leave you in a crunch.
This quote should include costs for labor, materials, permits, disposal, and other expenses. It should explain the specific tasks the contractor will perform, the quality and type of materials, an estimated completion timeline, and maybe even potential additional costs or issues that could come up. Be cautious of quotes that seem unusually low – they might indicate subpar materials or hidden costs.
Check client reviews and references
Online reviews can be insightful. Reviews on Google, Yelp, or Houzz come from people who have actually hired the contractor. Also, do not just look at the star ratings, read the comments as they can provide specific details about what the contractor did well or poorly.
Ask for references, and then call the contractor’s past clients to learn about their timeliness and how they handled any challenges. This can give you an idea of how reliable they really are, and whether they are solution-oriented and calm under pressure. If a contractor likes to maintain a clean work area, they are extremely likely to be considerate and professional.
Local knowledge and connections
Local contractors have an advantage – they understand the climate, local building codes, and where to get the best materials. Texas has a diverse climate, ranging from dry in the west to humid in the east. If you live in Frisco, for example, an experienced local remodeler will recommend mold-resistant paint and tiles, which are essential in managing the humidity levels common in this city. They are also likely to have established relationships with Texas-based suppliers, which can help you get higher-quality materials at a lower cost.
The warranty basically means that they guarantee the quality of their work for a certain period. A contractor confident in their work might offer a warranty covering any tile work, plumbing, or paint jobs they do, against cracking, mold, or water damage.
Ask what exactly the warranty covers – is it just materials or does it include labor too? Also, find out how long the warranty lasts. Some might offer a one-year warranty, while others could extend this to several years, depending on the type of work done.
Frisco’s Finest Bathrooms by HS & Sons
We at HS & Sons bring over 100 years of experience in bathroom renovation and remodeling to your project. We specialize in creating bespoke, luxurious spaces that resonate with your unique style. Give us a call at 469-702-877 or fill out this form to request an onsite consultation.