So you’ve finally decided on going ahead with the remodel project you’ve talked about for years.

The kitchen made of builder grade everything has finally hosted its last meal, or the cramped one-sink master bathroom just isn’t cutting it anymore. Whatever your remodeling project ideas are- here are some tips you should consider before hiring a remodeling contractor.

The first tip is to pull out your contacts list and start going through it to see who else has remodeled their home recently. What better way to start your contractor research than asking friends and family who have already been there and done that! You can get some valuable information on who to stay away from or who you should maybe take a second look.

A remodel project is a big undertaking for you and your family, and you want to make sure that you put it in the hands of someone who is capable of doing the project and someone who will do it to your satisfaction.

Narrowed down your choices? Next is to check these finalists out online. Friends and family can help to an extent, but what about these companies other past clients?

Make sure to check review sites such as Yelp or Houzz to get a better idea of who you are going to be potentially dealing with. Do they have any outstanding complaints with the Better Business Bureau or have they been unresponsive to concerns on Facebook? Triple checking contractors is always a good idea and can save you from a bad apple down the road.

Now is the time to meet these companies in person. It is easy enough call in and ask a contractor if they can handle the scope of work you are requesting, but meeting a person can tell you so much more. You are going to be working with this company for a good chunk of time and liking the people is going to save you much aggravation when you are in the middle of your project, and something unexpected comes up.

Make sure to meet face-to-face with your potential contractor so that they can see what they will be working with and you can get a better idea of how this person and company work. Make sure to ask for a written estimate for your project so that you can compare it to the other companies before you make your decision.

Cheap isn’t always the best. You’ve heard the saying, “You get what you pay for” and that isn’t any different when it comes to your home renovation. We know that a remodel project is going to cost you some money, but don’t let the cheapest bid be an automatic winner.

A lot of times a low-ball offer is a sign that your potential contractor might cut corners during your project. Make sure you get at least three bids and that they are all around the same price point. Be hesitant of companies that come in low just to get your business. The last thing you want is to feel like you are getting a deal in the beginning and feeling ripped off when your project is complete.

Hiring a contractor can make your remodel project so much easier on you and your family. Just make sure to do your homework beforehand so that you can enjoy the things that matter when it comes to your remodel project.

This article was written by the remodeling team at in conjunction with the remodelers at PHX Home Remodeling.

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