Our step by step guide to help you find the best contractor for your project
In world of increasing DIYers, many still
choose to pass on the hard work and dangers
of painting to a professional. But with
hundreds of options and references, who
should you hire? Let's talk about the steps you should take to
determine who is right for you.
You may have heard horror stories about the shabby jobs some contractors do and naturally, you don’t want to have a bad experience. Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure you hire the best person for the job. Expect to spend a lot of time and effort in the planning phases of your project.
Step 1 - Ask For Recommendations
Ask your friends, relatives, and co-workers about who they would recommend. Find out what they liked about the contractor’s approach to their job and whether they would hire that person again. Word of mouth remains one of the best ways to find a qualified professional. In this modern age, you can also ask for recommendations on social media. You’ll be sure to get lots more suggestions.
Step 2 - Find Out About The Contractors’ Qualifications
Once you have a list of prospective contractors, you can begin to narrow them down. Visit their websites to see if they list their credentials and education. Depending on where you live, you will need to check for various local and state licenses along with membership to professional associations. Any remodeling contractor who are serious about business will invest in memberships and ongoing training. You can also take note of how long each contractor has been in the business and if they have a good reputation in the community. Always ask for proof of insurance and the appropriate licenses.
Step 3 - Conduct Interviews & In Person Quotes With Potential Hires
Your list should be even shorter now and you can begin contacting contractors and setting up meetings. Aim to have about three candidates on your short list. They should visit your home, see the changes which you require and give you an estimate. The contractor should not only tell you how much the project will cost but also how long it should take. Use this opportunity to ask them about whether they have worked on similar projects before and if they expect any particular challenges with your job. Don’t forget to ask about whether they have the necessary liability insurance. The right candidate should also ask you questions so they get a better understanding of what you want before they quote you a price.
Step 4 - Ask For References & Past Work
Contractors usually like to show off their completed projects. If you like what you see, ask if you can contact the homeowners to get a reference. Find out whether the contractor delivered projects on budget and on time and if the clients were pleased. Don’t be afraid to ask past customers if there was anything that they felt could have been handled better. Renovations can be costly but hiring the wrong company can cost even more.
Step 5 - Get Everything In Black & White
The contractor you choose should provide you with a contract outlining the work to be done, how much it will cost and how long it should take. It should also include your payment schedule, a clause on how requests for changes will be handles, how disputes will be resolved, and any guarantees and warranties that they provide on their work.
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