When you are undertaking a house remodel or renovation, there is no more important decision to be made than what contractor to hire. The person doing the job can make or break the job, both in terms of job quality and economics. Someone unfit for the job may have to go back and redo certain parts. Guess who pays for this? You, the homeowner.
Unfortunately, hiring the right person for the job is easier than it sounds, thanks to the seemingly unlimited number of contractors available all offering different things. They all have different specialties and skills when it comes to both performing and being in charge of the job. If you are are planning a renovation on your, these tips can help guide you to make the right choice.
1. Make sure they are licensed – An unlicensed contractor could leave you liable for damages or injuries that happen while they are on the job. On top of a license, make sure that they have the correct insurance coverage for your job because you don’t want to be responsible for any costs outside of the actual task you are hiring them for.
2. Learn about the job – The more you know about home renovation the easier it will be to identify someone that will do the job well. It will also help you ask the right questions when you are interviewing prospective hires.
3. Don’t’ hire the first person you meet – If if the first individual you check out seems like a perfect fit, don’t hire them right away. Three is the magic number when hiring someone for these type of services. Get multiple quotes. Then, if the first person you liked still seems like the best fit, hire them.
4. Ask them for samples – Have the contractor show you pictures of their recent work. If it’s good, they should have some examples on hand. I wouldn’t trust anyone that refuses to show you samples because it usually means they have something to hide.
If you do these four things, you are well on your way to making the best choice for you next contracting job. For those having trouble getting started on this quest, investigate companies like web.com renovation services for a directory of job leads for contractors in your area with different specialties. You are sure to find the perfect fit for your job if you work with a professional directory.