You’re ready to start your home improvement project, but you’re not sure what to look for when hiring a contractor. Well, we’re here to give you a quick reference guide! Here, then, are some tips and tricks when looking for a contractor.
- Ask for referrals. Whether it’s by word of mouth, or reviews from Yelp, it’s always best to make sure that other people have had a good experience with your prospective contractor.
- Check their credentials. When a contractor comes referred to you, you have to make sure that he is who he says he is, and can do the work that he says he can do. The last thing you want is a bigger mess than you started with, so before you hire anyone – referred to your or not – make sure that their credentials are 100% verifiable.
- Don’t go with the first contractor you meet with. Instead, interview a series of potential candidates, get a few quotes/bids, and then go with the person who gives you the most “bang for your buck.” Also, don’t be afraid to tell prospective contractors about the lowest bid you’ve received thus far, and offer an incentive to meet, or beat, the price.
- Finally, make sure you review the entire contractor’s past projects, and make sure they meet with your approval.