Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
Hiring a contractor saves you the trouble of having to do all the home improvement project yourself yet with no required skills to tackle the entire project. Finding the right contractor who will save you money and time may however be challenging. Just like hiring a new employee for a job, choosing a contractor may be of a similar case. 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. Here are some few tips to help you in choosing the right contractor.
Friends, family or neighbors who have had their homes remodeled recently can provide you with references. Through a word of mouth, you will be able to find a reliable contractor. Ask these people about their experience with the contractor they hired, whom they considered hiring but did not and why. You can also check online for reviews or even go ahead to contact some of the past clients whose information is on the contractor’s website. 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. Confirm using their credentials that they have undergone and passed hard tests. 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.
Eliminate those candidates on your list with red flags, then conduct an interview with the remaining candidates. Be sure of whom you are hiring through asking multiple questions after an arranged meeting. Ask how long they have been in such a business, how long the entire project will take to be completed, do they have sub-contractors and how long they have worked with them. 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.
Visit their present job site to see how the contractor works. The worker’s should carefully handle the homeowner’s property, the site should be neat and safe not to mention the whole team should be well organized. Do not allow price to dictate your decision, thus you should pick work with better quality since the quality of the service provided determines the end product. If you like their work, then you should hire them and vice versa.