What To Know About Your Design-Build Firms Home Remodeling Warranty
For many homeowners considering a remodeling project, their decision is often based on factors like cost, references and project history. For your next project, when vetting potential contractors, consider examining the warranty they offer as a part of your decision-making process. Often, the warranty alone can point you toward the best choice for your remodeling project.
Think about it. What does an insufficient warranty say about the company behind it? Contractors that are constantly returning to a job site to fix faulty construction typically don’t offer extended warranties on their projects. A remodeling company that offers a warranty that is longer than required by state law, shows that they stand behind their workmanship. Choosing the less expensive company, with the shorter warranty may save you money up front, but in the long run, it will cost you more to hire a second firm to come in and fix their work after the warranty is up.
Choosing a remodeler with an extended warranty covers you both ways. A company that offers an extended warranty typically doesn’t have to come back and fix their work, and when a problem does arise, a good home remodeling warranty protects you by guaranteeing that the problem gets solved at no additional cost to you.
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Here are a few things to look for in both good and bad remodeling warranties.
Get It In Writing!
You wouldn’t proceed on a remodeling project without a written estimate and a contract with your builder. A home remodeling warranty is no different. Make sure they will stand behind their work… in writing! A “workmanship warranty” covers both work and materials, typically the contractor agrees to cover any defect, including both the labor and materials needed to correct a problem during a designated time period. Contractors expect to have to return to a job site for a few issues like caulking that cracks after it dries. For efficiency, they’ll often suggest that you wait long enough to create a list so they can fix everything in a single visit.
A typical workmanship warranty covers anything that was damaged due to poor workmanship, like cracks in a floor or surface that wasn’t properly installed. What workmanship warranties do not cover are materials or appliances that fail on their own. Those are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. You may want to ask your contractor if they will provide the labor needed to remove and replace a failed appliance or fixture that is replaced by the manufacturer.
What Isn’t Covered in Your Home Remodeling Warranty
What work warranties generally do not cover is any damage caused by the homeowner, although it is still worth asking your contractor to take a look if something breaks after an accident. For instance, if you knock something off of the kitchen counter and it cracks a floor tile, you might have to pay for the repair. However, by contacting your contractor, he may determine that the tile cracked because there wasn’t enough mortar used by the subcontractor. In this case, an honest contractor should take responsibility to fix the mortar and replace the tile.
If you provide your contractor with fixtures or materials for a project, they may not be willing to warrant any work required if those fixtures fail, such as water damage caused by a defective faucet that leaks.
Ultimately, your home remodeling warranty is only as reliable as your contractor. That’s why trust and reputation are important when making your choice. In addition, having a solid well-written contract, confirming that they carry the proper licensing, and are insured and bonded is important. A reliable contractor will have no problem providing you with references from past clients. Make sure you ask for, receive and contact several references before signing any contract.
Most remodeling companies in Greater Dallas, and throughout the country do not warranty their work. At Joseph & Berry – Remodel, Design Build we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation!
Your home is your biggest investment and choosing the right contractor is a major decision. We’re honored when you choose Joseph & Berry for your home improvement project. We bring our clients award-winning design, attention to detail and the finest state-of-the-art construction techniques to every home we work on. We promise to give every client a white glove experience unsurpassed in the industry.
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