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How To Hire a Contractor

Monday, January 29, 2018   /   by Sean Zanganeh

How To Hire a Contractor

How To Hire a Contractor

If you’re preparing to sell, or you’ve recently purchased a new home, you may find yourself with a list of repairs you need to make. Chances are, some of those repairs will require expert skills that you just don’t have. When that happens, it’s time to hire a contractor. But how do you find the best one for the job?


Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while you’re searching for a professional who will get the job done right.



Get referrals from friends and family


The best place to start when you need to hire a contractor is with referrals from friends and family. If anyone you know has recently completed renovations on their home, then find out which contractor they hired and how they felt about the process and finished product.



Research the contractor


Once you’ve made a list of a few potential contractors, it’s time to do some research. Find out how long they’ve been in business and whether or not they are licensed and insured. Check online sites like Houzz and Yelp for reviews from previous customers. Are most of their reviews positive? You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and the local building inspector’s office for any complaints that have been lodged against them.



Interview each candidate


Once you’ve narrowed your choices, you should make calls to each potential contractor and interview them. Good questions to ask contractors include:




  • How many projects like this have you completed recently?

  • Will I need a permit?

  • Can you supply me with a list of references?

  • Do you have the proper insurance?

  • Do you use subcontractors for any of the work? Who are they?

  • How many other projects will you have going on at the same time?

  • How long does a project like mine usually take to complete?


As you chat with the contractors, you’ll see how well you can communicate and how comfortable you feel with them.



Get estimates


It’s now time to get estimates for your project from each contractor. Although they will likely want to just offer a bottom line price, ask for an itemized bid so you can see exactly what they will be charging you for. This will make it easier to compare each bid. It will also help should the details or scope of the project change down the line.


When it comes to choosing the bid, keep in mind that the cheapest one is not necessarily the best. You may end up spending more money later to fix work that was not done properly the first time. Also find out what type of payment schedule they require. Be wary of anyone who asks for the full amount up front, as they may be having financial difficulties or are worried you’ll refuse to pay once you see the work they do.



Get everything in writing


Once you’ve chosen a contractor based on the information above, you should get everything in writing before the work commences. This includes how long the work should take, the total cost, the payment schedule and how additional costs will be handled.


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