This post is sponsored by Travelers Insurance; all opinions are my own.
I did it. I hired a contractor. It was a very hard decision and an important decision. And why was it so important? Because I am spending more of my budget with the contractor than I did on the purchase of the home!
I am glad I had some help. I used the Hire a Contractor Checklist, which I found on the Travelers Insurance Home Central website. The Home Central site encompasses everything about home buying and selling, moving, renovating, maintaining and more. It includes tips for first-time homebuyers, suggestions on how to stage a house when you are ready to sell, guides, lists and other information on caring for a home. You may recall, on a previous blog post I shared how you can use Home Central to search for building permits filed on a home.
My husband and I purchased a fixer-upper home in Waco, Tx a few months ago that I am going to redo, furnish and offer as a short-term rental. The house needs extensive remodeling (foundation, electrical, plumbing, adding an addition, etc.) and it’s a big project. It’s also more than one hundred years old.
I interviewed three contractors on the phone and met with two of them in person. I put together a document I called a “Scope of Work,” which had all of my ideas, floor plans and over twenty photos of the look and style of construction that I wanted. (Both contractors mentioned that I was very organized and definitive. But that is not why I picked them!) Both submitted bids within the time frame specified.
When you hire a contractor, it is necessary to make sure the contractor fits the needs of your project. It is important that you have checked out their references, understand the quality of their work, that the scope is agreed upon and that the contractor is insured. If you are doing a home renovation project, Home Central has a checklist that compiles the top 10 tips to consider when selecting a contractor for your home.
My biggest problem is that I want to hire the contractor who is the nicest. (Can I just say this really drives my husband crazy!) You know, the person that I like the most because I know we will be talking every day for at least six months. I know it’s not the most important thing. So this time I followed all of the steps on the Home Central site and learned some things along the way.
I followed their advice and took my time to make the decision, checked references and verified the insurance and licenses of the contractor I selected. In fact, I was able to check off all of the recommendations on the Travelers Insurance checklist.
I thought I would share the floor plan we are using as inspiration for the remodel. We have already made some changes but feel free to comment with your input! Now the fun begins. Demo day!