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Home Projects: Finding a Contractor

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By : Roby Hicks    99 or more times read
Looking for a contractor when you have a project to do at home can be challenging. The number of contractors in the market today can be overwhelming. To find your ideal contractor, here are a few tips you can follow:

  1. Look at newly built homes or home improvement projects in your area and ask about the contractor.

    Look around your neighborhood. There might be a construction in your area. If you find one, ask for their contractor. Hear what your neighbors have to say about the contractors. If words are praises, then consider them.

  2. Your friends and other people you know might have some recommendations.

    You should also ask your friends or relatives. They may have done a few renovations at home. Ask if they can recommend a contractor. if they have recommendations, include them in the list.

  3. Inquire at the different associations for builders and contractors.

    They can give you a list of reliable contractors in your community. However, see to it that the association is recognized. Check the number of members they have. Verify if their member are in good standing as well. It is easy to name an association online and claim members that do not exist.

  4. Call different contractors.

    This allows you to compare rates and other essential factors. Have your spreadsheet ready to take note of your interview with the contractor. See to it that you have your questions ready as well. Among the questions you should ask are as follows:

    • Are they insured?
    • Who are their references?
    • Do they have licenses?
    • What materials are they using?

    These are just few of the things you need to know before signing a contract with them.

  5. Require contractors to check the site and provide quotes base on materials and labor.

    Compare the quotes they provide. It is important that you meet the potential candidates in person. Ask them to check the place and the work. This will enable them to assess when to finish the job. Through this, they can also assign values to materials and labor.

  6. Check their previous work.

    Ask for images of their previous projects as well as information of their clients. This will help you assess the quality of their work. Call their clients as well. You can learn valuable information from them. What they have to say will help you decide whom to hire.

  7. See if there are complaints or cases against the contractor.

    This is important because you do not want to work with contractors that have too many complaints. Although contractors will apparently face conflicts with some clients, it is important to note the frequency or the number of complaints they face.

A contractor can make or break a certain home project. This is why it is very important that you look for the best contractor at the price you can afford. However, do not base your choice on price alone. Check the quality of work as well by talking to their previous clients and checking past projects.

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