What To Expect When You’re Expecting…The Remodeling Edition, part 2

Hiring A Contractor: 101

Finding the right contractor for your remodeling project is important. This is your project so you want someone who will work with you, listen to your requests, and do quality work. The following guideline offers some tips on how to find a contractor that will achieve the end result you desire:

1. Do some research. Ask family and friends for names of contractors they’ve used and been satisfied with. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a company that has a good reputation. Also, look online for local contractors that seem qualified and worth checking into. Make a list of all the contractors you want to check out.

2. Meet with each contractor on your list. Take notice of how they talk to you and listen to you. Ask for a business card so that you have their name, company name, phone number, and address. You should also ask to see or have a copy of their license and insurance card. Protect yourself; if they hesitate to give you any information, you might consider that a red flag. If you hire a contractor that doesn’t have the proper insurance or license, you could be setting yourself up for a potential lawsuit down the road.

3. Ask to see some pictures or a portfolio of work they have completed so that you can see if their designs are well-matched with your style.

4. Check with the BBB, NARI, or Angie’s list, if they are participants, for legitimacy and to make sure there haven’t been any complaints filed or lawsuits brought against him/her.

5. Ask for a list of referrals/references. Once you have a list, call the satisfied customers on the list to ask questions. Check to see that the contractor was reliable, respectful, trustworthy, professional, cleaned up at the end of the day, and comfortable to be around. This is someone who will be spending a great deal of time in your home, so you want to make sure you feel safe and at ease with him/her around you and your family. You can also ask if they have any testimonials from customers, which would help you get a feel for the kind of work they do.

6. Confirm that the contractor will be taking care of all necessary permits. Be aware that if he/she fails to obtain the permits, work could be suspended and you could be charged a hefty fine or penalty.

7. Beware of contractors that offer to do the same work as other contractors but at a significantly lower price. This could indicate that shortcuts, inaccuracy, and unsafe practices will be used to complete the job at the discounted rate, which could end up costing you more time and money in the end.

Your contractor should be someone you can easily work with, trust, and communicate with often. Taking some time to do research will pay off with an enjoyable and successful experience throughout your project.


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