Pointers for Finding a Home Improvement Contractor
If you’re selling your home and don’t have the time, experience or tools to do your own home repair or renovation project, you must hire a professional. However, not just anybody will do. In most cases, complaints filed by homeowners against contractors are one of the largest categories of consumer complaints the state attorney general’s office deals with.
But it’s also true that there are many highly skilled, reliable, trustworthy contractors today.
Finding a Contractor
There are three common ways to find a contractor for your home improvement or repair project:
You should talk to family, friends, and colleagues about good contractors. It’s an excellent way to obtain a personal testimonial from someone you trust. Keep an eye out for neighbors projects as well that seem to be doing well.
You can check out a local directory to find up a contractor. Both yellow pages and white pages have everything, from basic listings with the company names and phone numbers, to full-page ads, which indicate the companies’ respective details.
To obtain online referrerals, look for professional organizations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which has its own system for contractor certification. You can also use free contractor referral services or professional directories where you can find local candidates. Of course, those consumer watchdog websites that feature contractor reviews and ratings are also very helpful.
Choosing a Contractor
However you decide to find a contractor, make sure to get several bids from different companies and that they compare apples to apples. Know what kind of materials are going to be used even if you have to ask plenty of questions. A who has no time to answer your questions must be removed from your list.
And now about money, do not ever choose a contractor solely because of price. The lowest bidder can be a good choice, but the old saying about getting what pay for, particularly applies to the construction industry. Contractors who do great work are skilled and experienced, have expert subs, and pay insurance. Of course, there are merely examples of expenses that are incurred in running a well-reputed contractor business.
Lastly, choose a contractor you are comfortable working with. You could be on the phone with this contractor many times a day. You will be talking about money issues, your budget’s size and what you intend to do with it. You could have disagreements over details, and you should resolve them. A contractor who has poor communication skills or just rubs you the wrong way is not the right choice for you, even if he clicked so well with a friend.