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4 Steps to Protect Yourself During Home Renovation

Whether you are doing home renovation projects yourself or hiring a professional contractor, there are several risks inherent in any big project. Things may not be installed properly, dangerous materials may be used, or someone may get hurt in an accident. It is important to take steps protect yourself and your family during a home renovation.

Find Someone with Experience and Qualifications

There are several ways to find an experienced and qualified contractor to help you with renovation work. You probably don’t want someone who just shows up on your doorstep and tells you they are working in the area. Maybe they are legitimate, maybe they are not, so it’s best to consult with friends and family and ask them for recommendations.

You can also research various remodeling or renovation experts online or through a community resource listing. You want to find someone who is licensed, has considerable experience and has favorable reports. Before hiring them, it is important to have a consultation and get a feel for their work to make sure that they will match what you are looking for.

Make Contractual Agreements

Always get any work to be done included in a legitimate contract. Bids should also be in written form. Without a contract, there is no guarantee that the work you are expecting will be completed, and you will have no legal recourse to enforce your agreement. With a contract, everything can be set out before work begins, such as materials, costs, permit acquisition (if necessary), the length of the job, what the job entails, any changes that arise, insurance (if required), and a payment plan. In the case that the contractor does not fulfill the details of the contract, you have proof that they agreed to your stipulations.

Pay a Fair Price

You want to get several written estimates as to the overall costs of the renovation work to be completed, in addition to finding out what the going rate is for certain types of renovation. Cheaper prices could mean lower quality materials and shoddy work. Sometimes you can hire family member or friends to do some of your work for a cheaper price, but if they are not a licensed contractor, you may be getting a lower quality job and they probably don’t have insurance.

Protecting your Home from Hazards

When you are contemplating any major renovation project, it is important to make sure you don’t have any hazardous materials that could cause accidents or health problems. Whether it is testing for radon, mold issues, lead pipes, or the possible lingering effects of asbestos, protecting your home and your family should be of critical importance before starting a project.

You want to protect yourself when it comes to a home renovation project. Whether it’s finding the right contractor, avoiding scams, setting up a contract, paying a fair price or eliminating hazards, there are steps to making a renovation project run smoothly without costly mistakes. Proceed with caution, find the right contractor and your renovation project should be a lot less worrisome.

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