Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
Hiring a contractor saves you the trouble of having to do all the home improvement project yourself yet with no required skills to tackle the entire project. However, how do you pick the right contractor for the job? someone who will save you time and money? Selecting a contractor is similar to hiring a new employee for a job. First an interview should be conducted and a proper research to determine their skills before calling them for the job. Provided below are a few guidelines to aid you in selecting the right contractor.
Get references from those you probably know who have had their homes remodeled recently, they may be friends, family or even neighbors. Through a word of mouth, you will be able 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. You can also check online for reviews or even go ahead to contact some of the past clients whose information is on the contractor’s website. Check if this company you are considering has positive or negative reviews and if negative then you should probably move on.
Find out if the contractor holds the required licenses from state or local municipalities that allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Look for contractors who have undergone and passed hard tests through confirming with their credentials. 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. The contractor and the sub- contractors should also be covered by worker’s compensation to cover those who may be injured accidentally while at work.
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. Ask how long they have been in such a business, how long the entire project will take to be completed, do they have sub-contractors and how long they have 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.
Visit their present job site to see how the contractor works. Check how the workers are handling the homeowner’s property, how neat and safe is the site not to forget how organized the whole team is. Pick work with good quality rather than allowing price to dictate your decision as the quality of the service provided determines the end product. If you are pleased with the work done, then hire them.