Choosing A Contractor For A Sunroom Takes Patience
Whether it’s a kitchen remodel, a plumbing job or constructing a sunroom, choosing a contractor should be a process that isn’t entered into lightly. The investment that’s being made is in your home, so the workmanship should be solid, the quality impeccable and the prices reasonable for the work required.
Knowing what you need in a contractor and finding someone who meets that bill, can be two concepts that are difficult to marry. In the case of a full home addition such as a sunroom, quality work is essential. Not only will the contractor need to know sunrooms, but it’s possible they will also need to have a knowledge and understanding of a few other construction trades as well. This is especially so if the sunroom you’re creating will serve many purposes or be a year-round room. Other trades that may come into play include electrical and plumbing and even heating and cooling.
With all that in mind, it’s a very good idea to know what you’re looking for in a sunroom contractor before you hire the first one you come across.
Here are some general tips for getting started in searching for the right contractor for your sunroom job:
* Have a good general idea of what kind of room you’d like built. For example, know if you’d like it to be a year-round room, a functional addition that maybe will take the place of a kitchen or dining room and if you’d like heating and cooling included as well. Or, perhaps a little less elaborate is what you have in mind – a seasonal room just right for kicking back a few months out of the year. The choice can make a difference in the contractor that’s hired.
* Once the basics are decided, look for contractors that specialize in the kind of work you want done. If you’re going for an elaborate design, make sure the contractor you hire has experience as a general contractor, overseeing other trades adequately so all work on the sunroom is completed correctly and professionally.
* Shop around and get references. If contractors won’t provide references or they won’t give estimates, steer clear.
* Check references, licenses and insurance.
* Interview contractors and make sure you “like” who you hire. Considering the fact the contractor will be around your home during the process, you not only want one who knows his or her stuff, you also want a person who is approachable with questions. After all, it is your sunroom.
Don’t be shy about asking questions and do be particularly firm in requesting references and credentials. A sunroom is a big investment in your home. The contractor you hire should know how to get the job done and get it done right, matching your wishes in the process.