When it comes to this issue one has to remember that home improvement projects are very important to sleep on, do not be rushed in to and be ware of hard selling techniques sometimes used by trades people. Sometimes those sales people would be very skilled in rushing you in to making decision with their hard selling methods that may be rather hampering for your common sense to pick up on things that may be not very beneficial for your house value, like:
- contractor may be inexperienced for the project
- May not have enough time to undertake your project and will be jumping from job to job to wrap up most customers in shortest time.
- may be demanding payment at front, avoid those. rather pressure your contractor on installments payed at the end of project so that he will be motivated to finish your project on time with in budget and to make you happy with results.
- Make sure that he will produce gantt chart for your project, to which you can hold him accountable to some degree.
Recommendations very important to consider when ever you are choosing your professional, make sure that you get them from your future contractor and have a look in to them yourself so that you can make sure that they are real. find those with project most similar to your own and this can be very good indicator how this will present your perspective with individual that will be working at your home.
Good luck and do not jump in to project without systemic research.