02 Dec Things to Consider when Hiring a Contractor for your Home
If you are thinking about renovating your home, wanting to add on another story, or wanting any changes in your home (i.e. making repairs, etc.), then the first thing to consider is hiring a contractor. This is one of the toughest jobs and should be done very carefully because hiring a bad contractor or a repairman could seriously cost you both time and money. So always consider the following points when you are looking for a contractor or a repairman for your home.
Always keep in mind that if there is a lot of repair work or renovation work in the house it is always better to sell the house for cash and purchase a new one because sometimes renovating or repairing a home costs as much as getting a new one, so always consider taking a cash offer on your home as-is first.
Contractor License and Insurance
Always make sure when hiring a contractor or repairman for your home that they have a valid license and insurance for their work with your state licensing board. You can also ask to see the contractor’s pocket license, picture ID, and certificate of insurance. You need to make sure of these things because you might come across a scam artist who would just want your money and would put you in a worse position fiscally. So always try to secure yourself by hiring a licensed and insured contractor to be on the safe side.
It’s always the best idea to hire a contractor or repairman on references of people you trust such as your family, friends, colleagues, etc. If your social circle can’t make any recommendations, services like Yelp and Angieslist can help you find the perfect guy or gal for your home projects.
View Their Recent Work
After looking at the contractor’s portfolio, request to visit a few sites they have constructed recently to make sure that the quality of work is up to your standards. Try to check out the most recently constructed and the one that was constructed within 5 or 10 years ago. This will verify the work of the contractor. You can always talk to the owners of these houses and try to talk to them about how satisfied they are with the work of this contractor. You can ask them questions like:
- Was it a good working relationship?
- How satisfied are you with the contractor?
- How well was your communication?
- Did the project get completed on time?
- Were there any extra costs?
- How was the quality of work?
These are the few points that will ensure you hire a good contractor for your project and it will make sure you don’t face any unpleasantries like getting tied up in court for breaches of contract.