Finding a trusted home improvement contractor is the biggest hurdle when it comes to remodeling, reconstructing or repairing your dream home.
Hiring a licensed home improvement contractor ensures a minimum guarantee that they are safe to be hired. These days most of the contractors advertise ‘licensed and insured’, but however most of us doesn’t realize that this is just a basic requirement for the home improvement contractor & doesn’t fully guarantee the quality of work. The most common work undertaken by the home improvement contractors are reconstructing and repairing sidewalks, driveways, fences and swimming pools.
# the first step
The first step is to determine the amount of work you are expecting a contractor to do. Contractors may range from
Designer-Who undertake both the works of an architect and general contractor
Architects- Who is mainly concerned with designing and structural changes. Including the major renovations which you have in your mind
General contractor-who mainly manages the entire project by himself, by hiring workers and sub-contractors,.
# Research thoroughly
Gather all the information from your co-workers, friends and neighbors who might have hired a contractor in the past for the work you have in your mind. General details such as the amount of satisfaction they had and any other unexpected charge will give an idea about the reliability of the contractor. You can also browse through the various sites offering the similar service and can have a quick glance at the customer rating and number of stars given. The number of years they have been in business will give an approximate idea about the quality of service they have to offer, as we all know in these days of tight competition a provider offering low quality work doesn’t survive for long. You can always refer to the reports of consumer protection agency or the local building department to ensure that your contractor’s license is valid.
#Check list before finalizing your contractor
You should always ask questions regarding the complications in the works involved and the amount of similar projects completed by him previously
How much will it cost you?
Once you have a final list of trusted home improvement contractor in your wallet, don’t forget to ask them for estimates which might help to choose your contractor wisely. However please keep in mind that a lowest bidder doesn’t always ensure good quality. Care must be taken that you might not be fooled with wrong information or range of cost
Don’t forget the insurance?
Most of the time people confuse workers compensation insurance with general insurance. This doesn’t mean that you are legally protected. There is a high chance that you might be sued and find in case if any workers get hurt.
# What if something goes wrong
In case if you find some problem regarding home improvement, you should try to talk it with your contractor to find an immediate solution. Make sure to keep all the information in writing through e-mails. In case if the attempt fails next step is to consult home builder’s association or consumer protection office.