How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor
So you have finally decided you need a home improvement project but you cannot do the work yourself or you lack the required skills to tackle the entire project? hiring a contractor will save you all the trouble. However, how do you pick the right contractor for the job? someone who will save you time and money? Choosing a contractor is like hiring a new employee for a job. In order to gauge their level of expertise, you will need to conduct an interview and conduct a proper research concerning them before you hire them. Provided below are a few guidelines to aid you in selecting the right contractor.- Advertisement -
Friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently can provide you with references. The best way to find a reliable contractor is by a word of mouth. Find out how these people feel about the contractor they hired, whom they considered but did not pick and why. Using the information on the contractor’s website, contact some of the past clients or check the online reviews. Avoid those companies with negative reviews.
Find out if the contractor holds the required licenses from state or local municipalities that allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Check their credentials to verify that they have undergone and passed hard tests. Do a good homework and find out what is required of them before hiring, since not all certifications are created equal. They should also have a liability insurance which protects you in case your home gets damaged during work. To cover those who may be injured accidentally while at work, the contractor and the sub-contractors should also be covered by worker’s compensation.
Eliminate those candidates on your list with red flags, then conduct an interview with the remaining candidates. Ask multiple of questions in your meeting just to be sure of whom you are hiring. Inquire about the duration the whole project will take, how experienced are they, do they have sub-contractor and for how long have they worked with them. With a face to face conversation, you will be able to tell the type of characters you will be dealing with and if they do not respond to your questions confidently then it’s time to move on to the next candidate.
Find out how the contractor works by visiting their current job site. Check if the team is organized, how well are they handling the homeowner’s property and how arranged and safe is the site. The quality of the service provided will determine the end product, therefore you should pick work with good quality rather than allowing price to dictate your decision. Hire that company whose work you end up liking.- Advertisement -