Kathie Lee & Hoda: Tips For Finding a Good Contractor
Finding a good contractor that won’t rip you off, will do a good job and will work with you on what you want during your renovation can be hard to find, so Kathie Lee and Hoda called on Kevin O’Connor, a contributor to This Old House magazine, to give them advice on finding the best.
O’Connor said the best way to find a good contractor is through word of mouth. Ask your friends, your co-workers and anyone else who they might go to for renovations. He also said using the website Angie’s List is also a great way to find good contractors and other people great at their profession, because all the reviews are written by real people who have experience with that person. It is basically the word of mouth of the internet.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Get Good Plans From the Contractor
O’Connor said it is essential to have good plans for the renovations being done. You are going to want plans with an accurate quote for materials, schedules and labor. No matter how big or small the renovation is, O’Connor said it is always worth it to get plans drawn up because everyone needs to be on the same page.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Be Clear With the Contractor
O’Connor pointed out some items may look the same as other items, but they cost more. For example, he had two identical tile bathroom walls in the studio. One was made by a machine and cost around $3 per square foot while the other was made by hand and cost about $14 per square foot. He said both of them are called white subway tiles so the contractor may not know which one you want. Always be specific.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Don’t Always Buy Cheap
Buying cheap when renovating a house is a must but sometimes buying the cheapest item isn’t going to save you any money. O’Connor demonstrated this with hardwood floors. You can buy unfinished wood floors for a couple bucks a square foot but after installation they will need to be sanded, buffed and stained or it is going to look like you have plywood for floors.
He suggested putting money into the flooring so you won’t have to struggle trying to get the floor looking good by yourself.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Zip Door Review
O’Connor said there are some things you want to do yourself. He used the phrase “keep the dirty on the dirty side,” meaning let the contractor do the hard work and you can try some lighter work to keep the cost down. He suggested buying a Zip Door from Home Depot to keep the “dirt” out of certain parts of the home.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Offer the Contractor Incentives To Finish
O’Connor knows contractors will go over the time allotted for a project often but he said by offering some incentives to finish on time, the contractor is going to hustle to get out of the house in the time he quoted. It might cost you more money, but it will get the contractor out of your house more quickly.