Hiring the right Contractor for the job can be a daunting task, but with these 5 easy tips you can be sure to be on the right track.
1. Ask for recommendations
Talk to your friends and family members Have they worked with contractor’s in the past that they had a good working relationship with, who was fair and honest and they would recommend? In addition, home inspectors, such as Building Insights, have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding which contractors do good quality work.
2. Conduct phone interviews then meet face to face
The next step, once you have your potential list of contractors, is to give them a call. Set up a ten minute time frame where you can ask them general questions such as:
– Have they worked on this specific type of project before?
– Are they able to provide a list of financial references?
– Can they provide a listing of past clients as referrals?
– How many other ongoing projects would they have at the same time as yours?
These will help quickly determine whether they have the ability to take on your project and if they would be a good fit.
3. Do your research
Reach out to their past and current clients. Ask them about their experience. Even better, see if you can visit a current worksite and take note on how the contractor handles the homeowners property, if the worksite is safe and tidy and how the subcontractors interact.
4. Don’t let price be your only guide
Low bids often come with some cut corners so don’t let price be your only guide! Aside from friend, family and client recommendations, a good relationship with a contractor is all about comfort and communication. The easier the back and forth is in a working relationship the easier it will be to share ideas, discuss finances and ensure a successful end product.
5. Get it in writing
Make sure that you get everything written up in a comprehensive contract. A start and projected end date, proof of liability insurance, a payment schedule, detailed plans including materials to be used, etc.