Tips for choosing a qualified contractor
Doing any remodeling work in your home is a big undertaking. Choosing a qualified contractor to complete the job should be the first step in the process. The professional you hire to work on your home should always uphold high standards of quality and integrity. Not sure how to ensure the person you hire is right for the job? Use the tips below to help you make an informed decision when hiring someone for your next home renovation project.
Hiring a Contractor Checklist:
- Do your research
Word-of-mouth referrals from colleagues, neighbors, family members and friends are one of the best ways to find qualified, professional help. If you don’t have anyone in the area to ask, do a quick online search for local contractors and see what others have to say about their work.
- Seek licenses and insurance
Most states require contractors to be licensed, bonded, and insured. It’s always a good idea to ask for copies of licenses and insurance certificates. If a company doesn’t provide you with them upon request, you may want to go with another contractor.
- Stay local
If for any reason, a problem develops, you’ll want your contractor to be close by. Established local contractor businesses usually uphold higher standards of high-quality work. Plus, local professionals will know which permits, codes, and licenses are required in your area.
- Look at past work
Ask your contractor to show you a portfolio of previous projects to see if their quality of work holds up to your expectations.
- Compare contractors
Looking for the best deal? It’s recommended to obtain estimates from at least three contractors before beginning work. Compare your options, look at their building materials, and get a feel for their work ethic. Also, always err on the side of caution if an estimate seems too high or too low.