How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor
If you’re planning on a major remodeling or renovation job in your home, you need to hire a residential remodeling contractor to ensure success. But mind you, even with so many prospective contractors out there, it takes some time and a lot of effort to find the best people for the job.
And since you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’re clueless on how to proceed.
1 – First things first, you have to get referrals.
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The recommendations you obtain from the people you trust the most like your friends, coworkers, or even relatives remain as the most reliable and dependable source with respect to hiring professional service companies, including that of residential remodeling contractors. They obviously won’t recommend to you a contractor if they weren’t satisfied with the output they received when they worked for them. To know more about their referral, you will want them to expand on their positive experience and ask about any problems they might have encountered in the performance of the job.
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2 – You likewise must acknowledge how important credentials are.
Finding out if a remodeling contractor is legitimate isn’t really that difficult. You simply need to ask for their credentials. You can easily make a phone call and ask them if they can provide proof of credentials, but if you can’t, you can try visiting their website and look for the information you need. To be more specific, you must be looking for two things: first is the license as required by the state and local government and second, designations from different professional associations.
3 – Do the interview.
But for you to save time, it is strongly advised that you first narrow down your list of prospects to about three contractors. The purpose of the interview is not to figure out if the contractor knows his business; it is more on seeing first hand how they answer the questions you ask because good communication skills is vital for the success of your remodeling project.
4 – Check references.
Aside from credentials, it is also as important to ask for samples of the remodeling contractor’s previous projects, because in doing so, you’ll figure out if past customers were in fact pleased with the contractor’s output.
5 – Lastly, don’t forget that every single detail you agree on with the contractor you hired must be put in writing.
Even if you trust the remodeling contractor and you feel like they’re legitimate and reliable, it still doesn’t mean you no longer will put the project into writing. This is more so with the contract that both of you will be signing. The written contract serves as a deterrent for doing anything that will rip you off.