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. Just like hiring a new employee for a job, choosing a contractor may be of a similar case. You will need to conduct an interview to gauge their skills and do a proper research about them before you decide to call them for the job. Follow through the steps below to help you select the right contractor.
Friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently can provide you with references. A word of mouth is the best way to find a reliable contractor. Find out how these people feel about the contractor they hired, whom they considered but did not pick and why. Using the information on the contractors website, contact some of the past clients or check the online reviews. Check if this company you are considering has positive or negative reviews and if negative then you should probably move on.
The contractor should have with them the required licenses from state or local municipalities which allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Confirm using their credentials 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. Check also if they have liability insurance just in case your home may be damaged during the entire process. A workers 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. Move on to the next candidate if they seem reluctant in answering your questions since through the face to face conversation, you can tell the type of character you will be dealing with.
Take a tour to their current job site to see for yourself how the contractor works. Check how the workers are handling the homeowners property, how neat and safe is the site not to forget how organized the whole team is. 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 like their work, then you should hire them and vice versa.