Whether you are buying or selling, there may be some changes that you want or need to make to your Santa Cruz real estate property. You may have the skills and time to make the home upgrades, additions or improvements, but for most of us, we need some extra help. Choosing the right contractor to do the job is important, so knowing the right steps to take is important. Often the most overlooked, but essential step in the process is getting a vision of exactly what you want.
So now you know what you want. Next is finding a really good, reliable contractor who will work with you to make your vision a reality. Better yet is to find a contractor who will help you improve on your ideas to get the best outcome possible. There are hundreds of contractors in the Santa Cruz area, so try to get a referral from a family member or friend who is very satisfied with the work that was done in their home and had an overall positive experience. You can also ask your local building supply company for a referral or even ask your Santa Cruz real estate agent! Whoever you are referred to, make sure to check out their reviews online as well to double check you have got the right contractor for your needs.
Once you have found a few that fit your requirements, make an appointment with them to ask some very important questions. Do they do exactly the type of work you want done? Can they schedule the work when you want it done? Do they have additional referrals if you should want them? Can they prove that their license, bond and insurance status is current? Of course, you should always make sure you get a good feeling about the person or team that is going to be spending time working in and around your home.
Finally, get everything in writing with a clear description of work to be done and how changes will be addressed. Be sure to agree to a payment plan, paying a reasonable deposit up front (no more than 15-20%) and making subsequent payments based on certain parts of the project being completed.
If you are planning to buy or sell your home and need some advice, give my office a call and I will help you in any way that I can.