Chances are your house is your most valuable asset.This is you’re home we’re talking about, and finding the right contractor for the job is essential. Taking the time to find the right contractor will pay for itself many times over.
Hire the Right Contractor
Your family and friends are the best place to begin looking for a contractor to work on your home. A big part of hiring the right contractor is trust, and who better to ask than your friends and family. If your friends and family aren’t any help, there are a number of associations that can point you in the right direction.
Before contacting anyone, you want to get a clear picture of what exactly it is you want.
The following questions are good place to start for calling around to contractors:
*Do they have experience working on projects with a similar scope as yours?
*Do they have positive references and testimonials from previous clients?
*What’s their existing workload like?
*Do they have a strong, long-lasting relationship with their contractors?
By now you should have narrowed down your list dramatically, and should be close to making a final decision.
Now is the time to do some really hardcore investigating. Go visit some previous work sites, and see their work firsthand.
Now that you’re down to just a couple of the best contractors in your area, it’s time to start making some real decisions.A trusted home remodeler should be happy to provide free estimates for you. Many contractors will provide basic blueprints at no extra charge, but they will let you know either way.
If they’ve taken the time to provide an accurate estimate, they should also be able to provide a break down of all the expenses.An itemized give you the ability to to see if they’re making the standard 15-20% profit. Just remember, you get what you pay for.
This is about all you need to make an informed decision on a contractor. Everyone’s needs are different, so I can’t tell you which of these factors should be the most important in your decision making process.
Before any money changes hands, make sure you have everything in writing. Having a contract in place will ensure your investment, your home, is protected.
And that?s all it really takes when it comes to finding the right contractor.