You may have heard horror stories about friends or acquaintances working with contractors who didn’t give them fair service or took their money without fulfilling the contractor. And while these stories do seem to be in abundance surrounding contractors, you actually can find a contractor who you can trust to complete your project the way you want and within the budget you’re looking at. However, it usually requires you to make the right choice of contractor among the many possible candidates. So to help you make the right choice, here are three tips for finding a quality contractor to work with.
Go Through The Right Hiring Process
You should think about the hiring process for a contractor the same way you would if you were hiring someone for any other position in a business. According to This Old House, this means you should start with getting recommendations about a contactors that might be a good fit for you or that did a great job for someone you know and trust. Once you’ve found a few, give them a call on the phone first so you can weed through the candidates before having to set up actual interviews and meetings. This way, you can use the time you meet face-to-face so actually get real answers to your questions and see if you feel that you can work with this person.
Check His or Her Background Thoroughly
Before you sign any paperwork stating that you’ll work with a particular contractor, you should be ready to do quite a bit of research regarding the background of your potential contractors. According to Vera Gibbons, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, this background research should include things like how long they’ve been in business, if they’re licensed and registered, if they’re properly insured, and how their reputation is. If you find something in this background research that throws up a red flag for you, consider keeping to your search until you find one that checks all the boxes that are important to you.
Understand What Your Bid Includes
Once you’ve found a handful of contractors that you think might be a good fit for you and your project, the next step should be getting bids for your project to see if you financial ideas line up. However, it’s important to know that not all bids can be compared between each other like apples to apples. According to Bill Lahay, some bids will have things broken down by line item while others will lump a lot of things together. While any way can work, it’s vital that you understand what your bid includes and what you’re actually going to be paying for before you sign a contract with your contractor.
If you have a home improvement project that you need the help of a contractor for, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find the best candidate for your project.