Tips of Choosing Residential Remodeling Contractor
You have finally decided that a home improvement project is what you need but you cannot carry out the work by yourself or you lack the required skills to tackle the entire project, then hiring a contractor will be best for you. It may be challenging however to find the right contractor for the job, someone who will save you money and time. Choosing a contractor is like hiring a new employee for a job. First an interview should be conducted and a proper research to determine their skills before calling them for the job. Provided below are a few guidelines to aid you in selecting the right contractor.
Get recommendations from friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently. 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. The company you might be considering should either have positive or negative reviews and if they are negative, then it’s a sign to move on.
Find out if the contractor holds the required licenses from state or local municipalities that allow them to complete the job safely and legally. Look for contractors who have undergone and passed hard tests through confirming with their credentials. Find out first what is required of them before hiring since not all certifications are created equal. They should also have a liability insurance which protects you in case your home gets damaged during work. To cover those who may be injured accidentally while at work, the contractor and the sub-contractors should also be covered by worker’s compensation.
Once you have eliminated those candidates with red flags, interview the remaining candidates. Arrange for a meeting with them and ask multiple questions just to be sure of who 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 homeowner’s 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. Hire that company whose work you end up liking.