Professional Renovators Will Save You Money
Think it’s expensive to hire a pro? Wait until you try an amateur
Renovating is exciting. It is an investment that you want to last the distance and it must be done right the first time.
There is a plethora of renovation companies and “one man bands” out there that all promise to be the “best”! Selecting the right company (read our article on how to do just that here) or business to carry out your renovations can be confusing and daunting. One of the most important things to consider when deciding who to entrust the work to is whether they are experienced professional renovators or just an amateur that you may never see again once the work is done.
Hiring an amateur can often result in corners being cut and a substandard finished product
With Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations . . .
Like with most things – You get what you pay for!
Price is often a big consideration but so is value for money. It’s important to check when receiving numerous quotes from professional renovators that they are doing the same job. A quote may seem more expensive but in the long term it may actually be cheaper, with more inclusions and value for money.
The following checklist should be considered when choosing the RIGHT company or tradesman for your renovation.
- Is the quote a fixed price, estimate or does it have hidden costs
- Are they insured?
- Do they adhere to safety procedures?
- Are they a member of any reputable organisations i.e. HIA or MBA
- Does the workmanship and products provided carry a warranty? All workmanship should carry a 6 year warranty. Products often have their own separate warranties
- Will they adhere to Australian building codes and standards when carrying out your works? Do they know what preparations and processes are required?
- Can you see any previous work they’ve done or seek reviews, recommendations?
- What will be the quality of finishes for both products and workmanship? Tiling and cabinetry preparation and workmanship can make or break a job!
- Does the quote provided have gaps? Is everything included to complete the job ie trades, materials, project management, licensed trades, preparation and all rubbish removal and clean up.
- How many trades are required? Do they have the right qualifications and licences? How long have the trades been with the company in question for? Is there a good working relationship?
- Does the job include project management?
- How long will the job take? Are you still going to be waiting In 6 months’ time for works to be completed? Will they finish what they start?
- How long have they been in business? Will they still be around in years to come?
- Should any unforeseen occur during your renovation are you confident that they can be effectively resolved.
- Finally NEVER pay “cash”, besides the fact it is illegal. No warranty will be available.
The Not So Last Word
Bottom line, always do your homework and make sure you will get the end result you think you are paying for. Make sure the quote covers exactly what you want. Check out their previous work and make sure that they have the relevant qualifications and insurance to be doing your job!