Choosing a contractor for your next home repair project can be a stressful decision. You can choose a contractor with more confidence with a few simple steps.
Get More Than One Estimate
It’s generally a good idea to get quotes from around three contractors for a large project. This will help give you a sense of the fairness of people’s pricing.
Don’t Choose Based on Price Alone
It may be tempting to go with the estimate that’s the lowest no matter what else is informing your impression about it. However, there are a few other factors that you should consider rather than just basing your decision on who has the lowest price. You want to choose a contractor who inspires confidence and has good communication skills.
You should assure that the contractor who you want to work with has an active license. You can request that a contractor provide you with a copy of his or her license, and you may be able to verify it independently with the contractors state license board.
You can ask a contractor bidding on a project to provide a couple of references from previous clients. Someone who a contractor has worked with in the past can share some good insight about his or her experience.
Look at some websites with reviews for local service providers. The references that a contractor provides will likely come just from people who were happy with a project. In contrast, reviews are more likely to contain some negative evaluations.
Ask Lots of Questions
Be sure to ask every question you may have about. Key things to ask about are the scope of work, how soon work can start, and how long a project will take
Due diligence in the hiring process will help you choose the right contractor. You want to choose someone who offers competitive pricing and outstanding work.