There are a number of things you should do before you pay for renovation and repair work – before you have that roof re-done, a kitchen renovation, the new laundry room built or foundation repaired. We know this all too well, as we get called in after the fact to provide litigation support / dispute resolution services.
While we recommend that your hire a private independent inspector at the beginning of the process, before the renovation or repair work begins, suffice it to say you should at least get it inspected before you pay! Once you have paid for the work, should there be anything wrong it can take considerable time & effort to recoup those monies if need be.
Whether its a renovation, new construction or repair work, having an inspector involved before contracts are signed & work starts and during the construction phases is the best way to go. Have the inspector review your quotes to see if you are comparing apples to apples. An inspector can assist you in ensuring you get what you contracted for and help you ensure that the work is carried out as expected. They can assist you in determining whether the work done might void any manufacturer’s warranties / guarantees.
It’s far more expensive to remedy a problem after the fact…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Before you start and renovation and repair work, call the professionals!