Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
You have finally decided that a home improvement project is what you need but you cannot carry out the work by yourself or you lack the required skills to tackle the entire project, then hiring a contractor will be best for you. It may be challenging however to find the right contractor for the job, someone who will save you money and time. Choosing a contractor is like 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. Here are some few tips to help you in choosing the right contractor.
Get recommendations from friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently. The best way to find a reliable contractor is by a word of mouth. 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.
The contractor should have with them the required licenses from state or local municipalities which allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Look for contractors who have undergone and passed hard tests through confirming with their credentials. Do a good homework and find out what is required of them before hiring, since not all certifications are created equal. Check also if they have liability insurance just in case your home may be damaged during the entire process. 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. Be sure of whom you are hiring through asking multiple questions after an arranged meeting. 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.
Find out how the contractor works by visiting their current job site. 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. Hire that company whose work you end up liking.