Pointers for Finding a Home Improvement Contractor
If you’re selling your house and have no time, tools, or experience to do a home repair or renovation project by yourself, you need to hire a professional. However, not just anybody will do. In most states, homeowner complaints against contractors are some of the most common – if not the most common – types of consumer complaints at the state attorney general’s office.
But it’s true as well that there are several of high-quality and trustworthy contractors out there.
Finding a Contractor
There are three main methods of finding a contractor for a home improvement or repair project you may be planning:
Talk to your relatives, friends, and co-workers regarding worthwhile companies. It’s an excellent way to obtain a personal testimonial from someone you trust. Also, keep an eye out for projects in your neighborhood that appear to be going 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 get online referrerals, check with trade organizations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which issues certifications to contractors. You can also use free contractor referral services or professional directories where you can find local candidates. Definitely, those consumer watchdog websites featuring contractor reviews and ratings are very useful too.
Selecting a Contractor
No matter how you find prospects, ensure you get a lot of bids from different companies, and that you can make apples-to-apples comparisons. Understand the type of materials to be used, even if you need to ask a lot of questions. Any contractor who doesn’t take the time to address your questions should be crossed off your list.
And now regarding money, never ever pick a contractor for price reasons alone. 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. There are definitely other costs that come along with operating a reputable contractor business, and those are just a few.
Finally, find a contractor you can actually get along 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. If a contractor is a lousy communicator or the person simply rubs you the wrong way, he is not the one for you, no matter if he was perfect for your friend.