Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
So you have finally decided you need a home improvement project but you cannot do the work yourself or you lack the required skills to tackle the entire project? hiring a contractor will save you all the trouble. It may be challenging however to find the right contractor for the job, someone who will save you money and time. Selecting a contractor is similar to 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. Follow through the steps below to help you select the right contractor.
Get references from those you probably know who have had their homes remodeled recently, they may be friends, family or even neighbors. The best way to find a reliable contractor is by a word of mouth. Ask about whom they considered hiring but did not and why, also ask how they feel about the contractor they hired. Using the information on the contractor’s website, contact some of the past clients or check the online reviews. Avoid those companies with negative reviews.
Check for licenses from state or local municipalities that allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Check their credentials to verify that they have undergone and passed hard tests. Nevertheless, you should be aware that not all certifications are created equal hence you need to do a good homework and find out what is required of them before hiring. They should also have a liability insurance which protects you in case your home gets damaged during work. A worker’s compensation is also essential, as it covers employees who may be injured accidentally during work.
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. Inquire about their experience in the industry, the length of time the project will take to be completed, if they have sub-contractors and how long have they worked together. 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.
Take a tour to their current job site to see for yourself how the contractor works. Check if the team is organized, how well are they handling the homeowner’s property and how arranged and safe is the site. The quality of the service provided will determine the end product, therefore you should pick work with good quality rather than allowing price to dictate your decision. If you are pleased with the work done, then hire them.