Tips for getting the best job done at the right price


Once you’ve finally decided to remodel (or refinish) your bathroom, the next step is finding the right company you can trust to fulfill the vision you’ve created.  After all, if your home is potentially the single biggest investment a person ever makes, you want to make sure you get the right people to do the job you want – and to do it absolutely correctly with no surprises.Not all contractors are the same. Make sure the contractor / refinisher is/has:

But as we all know, not all contractors are the same. And while it might take a little more time to find just the right contractor – it will be well worth it to you in the long run.

Make sure the contractor / refinisher is:

  • Licensed: each county requires a license. Check expiration dates and license limitations.  Not everyone can do it all.
  • Insured (and can prove it with a Certificate of Insurance) Make sure your Certificate of Insurance is specifically addressed to you or your building manager.
  • EPA certified. (new ruling, see the ruling here.)

Once you’ve covered the basics to make sure the company is legally compliant, check out each business in a little more detail:

  • Business tenure. How long has the company been in business?
  • Referrals. Do they have referrals and or reviews?
  • Experience. What experience do they have with bathtub and tile refinishing?

Next, get three estimates. Do not use phone quotes as the main factor in selecting a contractor/refinisher.  The only way to get an accurate quote is to get an in-home estimate and  in writing.

  • Measure the square footage and calculate (or ask for) the rate per square foot.Be sure to cost for extras like colors, tile repairs (loose tiles, fixtures, chipped/ broken tiles, etc.) have been addressed.
  • Is the grout on the walls being redone?
  • Is the caulking around the tub/shower being removed and replaced?
  • Is the paint from the previous job being removed? A common issue is paint removal from previous jobs. This paint removal needs to be addressed and costs need to be added or dealt with
  • Is the bathroom being protected and ventilated correctly? Strong fumes and odors need to be vented outdoors (very important).
  • Are there shower doors?  Is their removal and re-installation included in the price?
  • How much are you paying for each of these service items?
  • What is the total cost (with sales tax)?
  • What is the deposit? progress and final payment?
  • When are these payments due and how are they paid?

By following these guidelines, you can expect a very good job from a reputable refinisher at a fair price. Remember, a contractor needs to have insurance and skilled labor… and skilled labor will cost you something (there is such a thing as “too” cheap – or getting what you pay for.) Bathtub and tile refinishing is an affordable option and a real bargain compared to new bathroom remodeling.

Bathtub and tile refinishing is an affordable option and a real bargain compared to new bathroom remodeling. Contact us: we’d love to help!

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