To help you in your quest to hire the right home improvement contractor we have created a simple breakdown of the things you need to do.First and foremost you should have a budget for your project. You never want to begin talking with contractors until you have a firm idea of what you are going to spend on your remodeling project.
By going into your first meetings with a budget, you can get a better idea of what the contractor will be able to do for you and what types of materials you’ll be able to afford.
Once you’ve established what your budget will be you can begin making contact with contractors. Probably the most important aspect of this is to not make any hasty decisions and hire the first contractor you meet with. You should always begin with written estimates from no fewer than three contractors. Never accept “Good Faith” estimates from anyone when hiring a contractor as this is one good way of being burned financially.
Once you receive your three estimates (in writing), you can go over them and choose the contractor that you believe will give you the most benefit for the fairest price. You may not want to go with the cheapest as you know the old saying “You get what you pay for.” You should make your decision based on more than just the money aspect. For instance, do you think you can work with the contractor in question or would you be at odds with every detail of the job? How long does he/she estimate that the job will take and how many people will they be sending to your home to complete the job? Is the contractor on time for your appointments? If not, he probably would not able to finish the job promptly.
Another very important thing to check out before hiring any contractor is whether or not they have a valid state contractors license, are bonded and insured and have a good reputation. If any of these things are missing, you should move onto the next person. If you do choose to hire an unlicensed contractor or one that does not carry insurance you will most likely be very sorry since you will have very little recourse if anything goes wrong. References should be checked carefully to be sure that you are dealing with someone that you can trust to finish your job correctly and on time. Learn about bathroom remodeling and choosing best toilets for your bathroom.
Ask for as many references as possible; a quality contractor will usually have an updated reference list to give to you with his/her quote. When contacting the references, you should ask as many questions as possible. Some of the things you may want to ask are “Was the job done promptly?”, “Was the contractor or his employee’s friendly and did you feel comfortable having them in your home?”, “Did they keep the job site clean and tidy?” and most importantly “Were you happy with the job they did for you?”.
Finally, once you have decided on the contractor you will be hiring have them provide you with a time frame for finishing your remodel project. A good contractor should be able to give you a pretty clear idea of what each aspect of the job will require time wise, however you also want to keep in mind that construction work can and will through curve balls at you from time to time and even the best contractor may not be able to complete a job exactly when they estimate it will be done.
If you are working with a good contractor, they will communicate with you as the job progresses and let you know of any problems that occur.