You’ve decided you need to hire a home contractors and you’ve done your search on Google and asked friends for recommendations. Now you have a list of contractors. With that said, here are a few tips to hire a home contractor.
The first thing to look for in a home contractor is experience. Don’t assume that if a contractor has been in the industry for many years that they have plenty of experience. The home contractor who has performed hundreds of jobs in the last year will have more experience than the contractor who has only completed a few dozen jobs within the last five years.
Before hiring a home contractor, find out how many projects they’ve worked on. Ask to see their portfolio too. This will give you an idea of the work they have done.
Licensed & Insured
Believe it or not, a home contractor might not be licensed and insured. If they are not, then you can bet they are not a reputable contractor and you should stay far away from them. Always make sure the home contractor you’re researching has their license and they are fully insured.
If a contractor isn’t licensed or insured, the chances are they will take shortcuts and they probably won’t get any permits, if required. The last thing you want is to be on the hook for damages that they do to your home. If they do not have insurance, then that is exactly what could happen.
Another thing you want to do is read reviews about each home contractor on your list. If a contractor has many positive reviews and only a handful of negative ones, then this is find. If the opposite is the case, then don’t hire them because this is a major red flag.
When reading reviews, look for things such as whether or not the contractor in question honored any warranties or guarantees that they made. Find out if the jobs they worked on were completed on time or ahead of schedule. Pay attention to recurring themes more than one-off comments because if there is a recurring thing that is being said, there’s a good chance it’s true.
All you have to do now is request an estimate from each contractor. Make sure you keep the above tips in mind, and remember that price isn’t everything. Go with your gut feeling and hire the one you firmly believe will provide the best work.