A contractor is a person who agrees to supply materials or perform services at a specified price, especially for construction work. If you have decided to hire a contractor for any kind of work in your house you should keep in mind certain precautions.
How do you find the right contractor? There are options. You could get a pre-screened contractor for your area from companies offering remodeling services. Also, you could ask your friends and relatives to refer you a contractor they were happy with. Alternatively, search for a contractor in the local builder’s association or go through the yellow pages.
When the contractor you are hiring provides you with references, follow them up and ask the previous clients if they were happy with the work. Also ask if they work with him again.
When discussing your project, it is also advisable that you should be explicit about what you to be done. Much heartache has resulted from vague communication between homeowner and contractor. Take the time to describe exactly what you want accomplished, and listen to the potential contractor discuss your options. He may have an idea to suggest that will make your project even better than you’d imagined.
While evaluating potential contractors, it is wise to keep these tips in mind. When getting quotes, try to get at least three. Don’t assume that the lowest quote may be the best. Carefully compare the quotes, choose the right person and only hire that person with whom you feel you share a good rapport.
Always insist on a written contract specifying the start and completion date of the project by the contractor. Additionally ensure that the contractor is insured, bonded and licensed.
By following these tips you’ll go a long way toward making sure you have a reputable contractor who will do the best job for you.