When you’re looking to hire a home remodeling contractor, it pays to take it slow. Don’t rush into this decision because you could be living with shoddy results for the foreseeable future. This is work you want to do only once because of all the time, cost, and inconvenience that goes along with just about any home improvement repair.
You might say that choosing a contractor is the most important decision you will make, above all others, because the hire is directly related to whether or not your home improvement repair will be a success or an absolute failure.
When you’re looking to hire one of the many handyman contractors in your area, you want to be sure the one you select is going to have excellent communication skills. You should feel assured that your hire is doing the work that needs to be done to your satisfaction. You also want to feel comfortable that your contractor is respecting your wishes and doing everything to your exact specifications.
This is so very important in the hiring process of your contractor. Too many homeowners make the dire mistake of choosing the cheapest contractor they can find and, well, you know that old adage about getting what you pay for. So, before you say yes to any one contractor, get bids from many of them first.
Remember you don’t want to automatically pick the lowest, but consider various options by other factors like references, subcontractors, and reputation. Ask each candidate a myriad of questions that allow the contractor to explain how he or she will tackle the repair in specific detail. See if they are doing only the work necessary or they’re going that extra mile to ensure their work is reliable and stands up to the test of time.
But, by all means, discuss your budget as well. Explain what you have to put towards the project and see if the contractor can offer options as to how best to do the work within your financial limitations. Although keep in mind, lower bids may use lower quality materials to get the work done under budget.
Licenses and Insurance Certificates
Reputable contractors will always maintain valid licenses and insurance certificates to cover their work and the work of any subcontractors they might bring along on the job. Licenses are important because you can rest easy knowing you’ve hired a contractor who is qualified to do the job. This way you know you’re not working with someone who may not finish the job or do lousy work because they simply don’t know what they’re doing.
Insurance certificates are critical because it protects you from holding the bag financially should any damage occur to the house during work or if someone gets hurt on the job. Many states require contractors to have a valid insurance policy in place before starting any work for a client. Therefore, you should always confirm that your contractor retains all of these crucial documents before hiring that individual.