When someone you love has a physical disability, you want to make sure that their home is comfortable and more importantly, accessible. This can be a tall order, considering certain homes, like older houses or apartments. However, you shouldn’t feel like you’re in over your head. There are many resources out there, and this blog is one of them. In it, we’ll discuss some essential information regarding the hiring of a home modification contractor, including what to expect and some common mistakes people make.
Tip # 1: Ask for References
When initially looking to hire a home modification contractor, you might be tempted to go with the first one you see listed. After all, you want this project done as quickly as possible so that your loved one can have an accessible home. It is wise, however, to wait and get several references from the two or three contractors you have narrowed your list down to. The references should be asked if the project was completed on schedule, if there were any sort of “hidden” expenses, and what it was like, generally speaking, to work with the contractor and their workers.
If a contractor doesn’t want to supply any references, run far away! This is a sign that they cannot be trusted.
Tip # 2: Get Several Bids
Home modification projects are going to get expensive, especially if a bathroom remodel is involved. That’s why it’s important to get several different bids from contractors regarding the specific work you are requesting.
Also, be wary of bids that are very low. They may be too good to be true. Hidden costs can creep up on you, particularly when you don’t read the fine print. Financing may always be a bit of an issue, so go with the contractor that offers the best job at a relatively good price.
Tip # 3: Figure out Times and Schedules
You probably don’t want your contractor showing up at 5 A.M. to do the job. Being clear about what times you are available, as well as what times are best for the contractor to work, will benefit everyone involved.
Setting a schedule is also a wise decision. There may be days where there is bad weather, or maybe the parts for your remodel arrived broken. While these things happen, it is still a good idea to set up a work schedule with both your hours and your contractor’s in mind. That way, your remodel will be as close to on schedule as possible.
Tip # 4: Address Specifics in the Contract
When creating a contract between you and the company doing your home modifications, make sure to stop and consider the details. For example, how often will the contractors clean up their work area? Will they clear debris? And what about their construction equipment? Will it destroy your yard or driveway?
These items can easily be forgotten, but they are still very important. You don’t want you or your loved one living in a dusty, paint-splattered house or apartment until everything’s finished. Considering the details will go a long way in making certain that the remodeling process goes smoothly.
Call the Professionals When it’s Time
If you are looking for home modifications that involve an in-home elevator or dumbwaiter, those require a professional who can do the job right. Contact Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. for quality service and installation. We will work with you to design and install the solution that’s best for you.