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. 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. 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. Avoid those companies with negative reviews.
The contractor should have with them the required licenses from state or local municipalities which 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. Make sure they have a liability insurance for the sake of any damages to your property 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.
Once you have eliminated those candidates with red flags, interview 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. Focus on how they respond to your questions because through a face to face conversation you can be able to determine the type of characters you will be dealing with.
Visit their present job site to see how the contractor works. 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. Do not allow price to dictate your decision, thus you should pick work with better quality since the quality of the service provided determines the end product. If you like their work, then you should hire them and vice versa.