10 Tips for Finding a Reliable Home Contractor

By on September 4, 2018
Hiring a contractor for small or large projects takes patience, research, and attention to detail. You want to hire the best candidate that fits your budget as much as your vision. This ensures you both walk away satisfied when the job ends. However, contractors are everywhere. Maybe you’ve collected a short list, but you can’t seem to narrow the names down any further.

1. Make Sure The Contractor Is Insured, Licensed, and Bonded
If you hire an uninsured contractor, you are liable for all damage, injuries, and accidents. A licensed contractor has passed exams to prove themselves capable.

2. A Contractor That Specializes In Your Project
You wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your roof, so be sure your contractor has done your type of job before. Don’t be afraid to ask them for a portfolio or references.

3. Meet Your Contractor
Many large firms will assign a contractor to your job, but you might not speak with that person until day one of your job. Insist on having a phone chat or short face-to-face meeting prior to the job start date.

4. Set Boundaries
Do you like to sleep in on certain days or have certain areas of your home that will be out of bounds? Make this information known to your contractor and be sure they’re willing to abide by your terms.

5. Legal Status
Be sure to investigate your contractor’s legal status. This is especially true for Mechanic Lien laws in your state. You might pay a contractor and believe you’re in the clear. However, if they don’t pay their supplier’s you could end up with a lien on your home in some states. It’s important to know your local laws.

6. Ask Your Friends And Family
Personal references are often the best and most honest, so look to family and friends for who they’ve worked with on renovations and construction.

7. Check References
Call or email past clients and ask them about their previous experiences with your contractor. Don’t forget to ask about the good and bad.

8. Make Plans
If you haven’t drawn up blueprints, you will need to do so. A contractor won’t want to make a bid before they can see what work you want done on paper.

9. Think About Bids
Bid price shouldn’t be your only factor when selecting a contractor. If a bid comes in far lower than others, you should consider it a red flag and investigate why it’s so much lower than others. It’s possible there is a good explanation, but it could also be a sign of corner cutting.

10. Sign A Contract
This might seem like a given, but a legitimate contractor will write up and have you sign a contract. It protects both parties involved. If you come across a contractor who refuses to provide or sign a contract, you should seek another. It’s not worth the risk.

Finding your next contractor is worth the time and effort to make sure your job is done right the first time. Ready to learn more? Contact us today and Click here Builder Quote.