Tips of Choosing Residential 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. It may be challenging however to find the right contractor for the job, someone who will save you money and time. Selecting a contractor is similar to 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.
Friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently can provide you with references. A word of mouth is the best way to find a reliable contractor. Ask these people about their experience with the contractor they hired, whom they considered hiring but did not and why. Using the information on the contractor’s website, contact some of the past clients or check the online reviews. Check if this company you are considering has positive or negative reviews and if negative then you should probably move on.
Check for licenses from state or local municipalities that allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Confirm using their credentials that they have undergone and passed hard tests. Nevertheless, you should be aware that not all certifications are created equal hence you need to do a good homework and find out what is required of them before hiring. 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.
Interview the remaining contractors on your list after eliminating those having red flags. Arrange for a meeting with them and ask multiple questions just to be sure of who you are hiring. Inquire about their experience in the industry, the length of time the project will take to be completed, if they have sub-contractors and how long have they worked together. Move on to the next candidate if they seem reluctant in answering your questions since through the face to face conversation, you can tell the type of character you will be dealing with.
Find out how the contractor works by visiting their current job site. The worker’s should carefully handle the homeowner’s property, the site should be neat and safe not to mention the whole team should be well organized. Pick work with good quality rather than allowing price to dictate your decision as the quality of the service provided determines the end product. Hire that company whose work you end up liking.