Beginning home repair or home renovation projects, your first step is likely finding a good contractor. A great service contractor can make your entire repair experience a little bit easier, and much less stressful. While everyone is on the lookout for a great contractor, finding one can sometimes be a bit complicated. We’ve compiled four things to look for before you hire a service contractor for your home repairs. We hope it makes your repair experience just a little bit smoother.
First and foremost, you’ll want to look for a contractor that is fully licensed. If the contractor is unwilling to provide their licensing information you’ll want to walk away. licensed contractors simply provide better work, as they are bound by the rules and regulations of their industry. Unscrupulous contractors are a dime a dozen, so do ask to see the paperwork.
Be sure to find out who will be completing the work. You may meet with the owner of the company, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be standing in your kitchen each day. Ask who will be completing the work, what their personal licensing levels are, and whether or not they are subcontractors, or if they work for the company. You’ll want to find a service provider that uses his own employees. It ensures the company you are working with is responsible for any mishaps.
Before you commit to a service provider, get a few estimates. It’s a good idea to get three estimates, and ask that they be complete, including the materials that will be used. You can choose the estimate that works best with your budget, but also provides you with the most work. Be sure to check the materials list before you make a decision, as low-grade materials can drive the price down, but also lower the quality of the work.
Don’t forget to ask your contractor who they have compiled the estimate. You’ll want to know if you are paying a flat fee, or if you are paying by the hour. Both are fairly common, but an hourly cost can quickly get out of control if the job goes well over the original estimate. Be sure to ask your contractor how close to the estimated cost he is likely to get, so you can plan your budget accordingly.
Finding the right contractor can be difficult, but if you follow these simple tips, your chances for success can be much higher. Just remember, it always pays to do your research, and check into those you are working with. After all, they are working in and on your home, so knowing what you are getting is of paramount importance.