Whenever your home needs repairs or a remodel, choosing the right contractor can make all the difference because you need stellar, quality service along with someone who is on the same page and can follow instructions and provide support. A contractor who is a good fit for you will provide you with accurate cost estimates without leaving your couch, draw a plan for the start-to-finish strategy, and also carry insurance in case there is an unforeseen occurrence that interferes with the project.
1. Filter Through Qualifications & Licenses
Homeowners face a conundrum when hiring reputable contractors because if you choose someone who is at the top of their game with regard to the licenses they hold along with their experience and qualifications, you will likely pay top market prices for even the simplest home remodeling projects. At the same time, you need to carefully vet the contractors available locally so that your hard earned money is not going to waste in the hands of a contractor who simply isn’t experienced enough for that particular job.
Do a clean sweep of whether your shortlisted contractors have the necessary permits to operate in their areas, have vital personal liability insurance, and experience in the relevant field (for example a roofing contractor will specialize in repairs and installations of roofs and not much else). Furthermore, property damage insurance and an array of five star reviews can really point you in the right direction with regard to a reputable contractor.
2. Ask The Right Questions
Once you have shortlisted the most suitable candidates, you should devise a set of questions to get the information you need, don’t rely on what is shared on an online forum or website only. This is especially so if you are a homeowner with a particular taste looking to remodel in a certain style for which you need a special contractor. Asking the right questions from your potential contractor can save you both money and disappointment from your cabinet and mind respectively.
- Do you have adequate insurance including employee liability insurance in the case of an accident?
- Can you give me a critical path analysis or timeline worked out so I know the exact duration from point A to B in this project?
- Have you done a project like this before and if so do you have references from your previous clients?
- Can you grant me a cost estimate?
- How old is your company and how many years of experience do you have?
3. Seek Out Specialization
While many contractor companies offer a range of services the older they are, usually you are better off seeking companies or individual contractors that specialize in a certain service. When you are conducting a local search, look for experts such as woodworkers, roofers, commercial flooring contractors, painters, construction experts, and so forth. This will narrow down your search and also yield more fruitful results as no one wants a jack of all trades for any project big or small. Specialized contractors will offer cost-effective, quality solutions along with better results simply because they are trained and have more experience in that niche.