7 Tips for Choosing a Contractor

As a homeowner there are definitely certain projects that you can tackle on your own. But, when it comes to more in-depth projects, it’s best to hire a home contractor that can get the work done safely and efficiently. Since some home projects can be quite expensive, you want the peace of mind that you’ve selected a contractor that will get the job done right the first time.

Here are 7 tips you’ll want to know once you decide you need a home contractor for your upcoming project.

1. Know Your Needs

Before you start your quest to find a trusted home contractor, your first step is to have a clear idea of what you want out of your home project. Be sure that you have a clear vision in mind so that you can provide the details to the contractor.

The right contractor will be one that’s able to fully understand and execute your vision. Of course, before you can express it, you must know end-to-end exactly what you want. Take time to make notes or even provide pictures that detail your project.

2. Ask for Referrals

Chances are there are dozens of home contractors in your area. To save time and to narrow down your options, it’s best to ask for referrals. Friends and family members have likely worked with a contractor in the area, and now’s your chance to take advantage of their experiences!

Ask those in your inner circle if they have any recommendations for a contractor in the idea. People who were satisfied with past experiences with a contractor are much more likely to refer others to work with the company.

Even if your quest for referrals comes up short, you at least know which contractors to avoid.

3. Read Online Customer Testimonials

If your friends and family members aren’t able to refer you to a home contractor, your next step is to read online reviews. While there are plenty of online review sites, it’s best to stick to those that filter fake reviews such as Yelp and Angie’s List. You’re also likely to find real reviews on social media websites.

When reading reviews, remember that people who leave reviews are either extremely happy or extremely disappointed with the service they received.

Browse various review sites to get an idea of how customers feel about contractors in the area. Using reviews you can further narrow down your options.

4. Look for Experience & Time in Business

Once you have a narrowed list of contractor companies, you’ll want to do in-depth research into each option. Determine which companies have been in business the longest as well as which companies have the most experience in the specific home project that you’re looking to have completed.

For example, if you’re looking to tackle your home’s windows, you obviously want a company that’s experienced in removing and installing windows. The right company should also be able to explain the cost of bay windows as well as how long the project should take.

5. Have a Conversation

After you’ve read reviews and selected a few potential contractors, the next step is to speak to a few companies on the phone or in person. By talking to a company representative personally, you can discuss your project wants and needs and get a good feeling for what each contractor can offer you.

This time is also when you’ll want to request quotes from each company. While price shouldn’t be the determining factor in which company you choose, you obviously want to choose a contractor that offers a price that fits within your budget.

6. Schedule a Home Consultation

Once discussing your project needs on the phone, the next step is to schedule at-home consultations with each company. Allowing the contractor to see your home in person makes it much easier to determine the best way to complete the project as well as any potential issues that may arise.

For example, for a window installation project, a contractor will want to measure your windows to ensure that the new windows you want will fit properly and will provide the benefits that you’re looking for.

7. Go With Your Gut

At the end of the day, you have all sorts of factors to consider. Price, experience, and others, but the most important factor to listen to is your gut. Think about how you felt after meeting with each contractor at your home. Which contractor made you feel like you could trust their word and work? Did a certain contractor lack the experienced answers you were seeking? Trust your instincts.

Conclusion

Sometimes the hardest part of preparing for a home renovation project is finding a local contractor that you can trust to get the job done. With these 7 tips, you can ensure that you choose a company that can offer you quality work and craftsmanship.

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