Finding and hiring the right contractor for your project can be daunting and confusing. You can easily
search the web or look in the yellow pages and find many home remodeling contractors listed in your area, but the question
remains which one do you hire for your home remodeling project? Which one will perform quality work, charge a fair price and
get the job done on time? Almost everyone who undertakes some sort of home remodeling project on their home will end
up using a contractor at some point. Although most of the jobs may be manageable by a handy individual, at some point expertise
is going to be called for. Take, for example, bathroom remodeling. Although some jobs such as installing new sinks and new
tile can be handled by the average handyman, installing cabinets is something that requires the sure hand and experience of
a pro. The right contractor is worth every single penny he charges, but the wrong one can turn your project into a money draining
nightmare. Here are some ideas when it comes to selecting a good contractor.
Most really good contractors also
obtain a lot of business skill. They may not handle the financial and accounting aspects of their business, but they do have
very good management skills and are able to find the right people to assist them with big jobs. They will also be able to
provide fair and reasonable estimates for the job that you are looking to have done. The first place to look for a reliable
contractor is through your friends and family. Ask them if they have had any work done recently, and who they used to do it.
Find out if they were happy with the job.
There are many people who will not be able to ask friends or family about
recent contracting work, since they haven't had any done. In this case, you will have to start from ground zero. Before you
hire the contractor you find in the Yellow Pages or on the Internet, make sure to ask them for a list of references. Don't
worry about seeming suspicious; this is an expensive thing that you need to get done and you don't want to waste your money
on sub par work. Good contractors are never shy about their past clients either; they will have a solid customer base that
offers positive reviews. Referrals are the way they grow their businesses, and that is always in the back of the mind of every
Before you contact the former clients, make sure to prepare a list of questions you would like to ask.
Find out about the size of the project that was done, and what the budget was like. Ask if the person who did the work stayed
within this budget or went over; if they went over, by how much? Also, be sure to inquire as to whether the schedule was met
on time in a satisfactory manner.
If you do hire a licensed contractor, though, get the license number from them
and do a background check. Check with city and state agencies and see if there are any outstanding complaints or impending
actions against the company. Remember that it is not only contractors who are dishonest if you find some complaints, though;
many clients are trying to get away with paying as little as possible and some will go to great lengths to get a deal.
When interviewing the contractor, trust your instincts. Remember to treat the individual as a professional, but
watch for warning signs. Evasive answers to questions or a lot of excuses and explanations should set off warning bells in
Despite the bad press that is given broadly to a few individuals, the fact is that most contractors
are upstanding and want to do the best job possible. Taking care in how you hire them will ensure that you have a good experience.