3 Tips For Hiring a Contractor
Need some work done on your home? For most homeowners, the most difficult part of a home renovation project isn’t the work; it is hiring a competent and dedicated contractor to do the repairs.
We recommend always hiring a professional, especially when it comes to home repairs.. So how do you know who and when to hire a contractor?
Here are our 3 ways to help pick the right contractor for the job and ensure the job gets done right the first time:
Think Like a Local.
When it comes to home or auto repair the best work is still done by experts within the community. When searching for a contractor, try looking up someone local in Google and reading reviews from that contractor. If they are local, they are going to be easier to work with and stick around longer if there is extra work needed to be done. Chances are they are also going to hire local workers as well, which will benefit the community. It’s important to ask friends, family, and co-workers for references as well. When dealing with home repair, word travels fast, and the people closest to you will be a great asset in guiding you in the right direction.
Check all licenses before beginning work.
This step is so important and easily overlooked. Many people get ripped off and end up with devastating losses to their property because they did not thoroughly check out the contractor they were hiring. Contractors should be licensed, and it’s going to be based on each State. It’s important to ask to see copies of all of their licenses and make sure they are up to date. Make sure to see the permits of any subcontractors who will be working not the job as well. It’s crucial that you make sure your contractor is insured in your state so that any damage or accidents that occur will be covered by his/her company and not come out of your pocket. It’s important to also draft a contract for the work that is to be done. This contract should state timelines, obligations, payment structure, and more to make sure that nothing slips through the cracks and everything gets done as expected.
Understand Your Project Needs Before Hiring.
Make sure you know exactly what kind of work you need to be done before looking for your contractor. We hear so many stories about people hiring a contractor that just was not skilled in the job he/she took on and it can quickly become a nightmare. In 2016 permits are required for each type of particular job and many jobs are code-specific. Expert contractors will be up to date on all code issues and will have taken multiple classes to become experts in their area of specialty. It’s important as well to hire a contractor that you and your family are going to get along with. Consider the length of time they will be in your home or on your property. Setting up the proper boundaries now, like when they can work, and what your role will be in aiding them will save you hours and countless headaches in the future.
Hiring a contractor doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. Do your homework now, and your repairs will go smoothly.