If you are a homeowner, it is inevitable that at some point you will need to hire a reputable home contractor to help with renovations or repairs. There are many contractors that are available to assist with your home renovation needs but not all of them are reputable. This article will provide some tips to help you select a contractor that you will be happy with.
- Ask friends and family. A good way to find a contractor that will fit your expectations is to ask family and friends for their recommendations. They will be able to tell you who worked well for them and who did not.
- Search a local directory for home services. After you have asked your friends and family for their recommendations, you can also do a search on a local directory to find out more about the person your friends or family recommended. Read reviews and check out their services. For example, if you are located in Atlanta, a great local directory to start searching for home services is atlanta-business-directory.com/biz/c/home-services/.
- Conduct phone interviews. After you have searched the local directory for a potential contractor and you have read all of the reviews, you can begin conducting phone interviews. Phone interviews can help you ask questions of the contractor that will help you determine if they are someone you would be interested in working with. Based on the answers to these questions, you can determine if you want to continue on with the selection process. Some questions that you should consider asking include:
- Does the company work on projects of your size?
Can they provide financial references?
Would they be open to you contacting previous clients and asking about their service?
How many projects do they work on at a time?
How long have they worked with subcontractors on projects?
Meet in person and go over the project. Once you have conducted phone interviews and you have determined potential contractors that you would like to work with, you can then schedule in person meetings. The in person meeting is an opportunity for you to meet one on one with the contractor and share more details about the project. It is critical that you are able to communicate in an effective manner with your contractor as there are instances throughout the life of the project that you may have to give feedback or thoughts on how the job is going. After you have determined that you can converse well with the contractor of your choice, you should check with the Better Business Bureau for their ratings as well.
Get bids. When you have narrowed down the list of contractors to a few, you can begin to request bids from them. The bidding process will help you a great deal as you will be able to see the cost breakdown and what all is included in the bid. A good bid will include pricing for labor, materials, and other expenses that could occur during the project.