How to Find the Best Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

Finding a reputable contractor can be difficult when there are so many to choose from. So how do you know who is going to do your project right? With a little research, some background checking and these tips and techniques, you can be sure you’re going to find the right person for the job. Whether it’s a simple home improvement project like new flooring or a complicated task that includes an entire bedroom and bathroom addition, asking yourself these important questions can help you to make the right choice when it comes to choosing a contractor.

Are they a Reputable Company?

Getting basic background information on any person is fairly simple with the internet. For just a few dollars, you can check the background of any individual easily. A quick call to your local building department and Better Business Bureau can let you know if any complaints have been made against their company. Ask for at least five contactable references from past customers and at least three references from suppliers to make certain your potential contractor has the experience and a long list of past satisfied customers and suppliers.

Are they the Right Company for the Job?

Not all contracting services are the same. A general contractor might be able to install your windows, but a window contractor will have more experience installing windows and doors. Knowing which contractor specializes in what task can help you to better mate their capabilities and experience with your home improvement project.

What Guarantees are Involved in the Bid?

When receiving multiple bids from different contractors, it can be tough to determine who has the best deal when some contractors charge by the hour and others charge by the job. Always be sure to ask for a cost breakdown list of materials and labor charges to help you effectively compare apples to apples. Get any guarantees or warranties in writing before signing any contracts. Asking for a “do not exceed budget” clause in the contract can help you make certain your contractor doesn’t go over budget.

Who’s going to Perform the Work?

Not all contractors will do the work themselves, so it’s a good idea to find out who’s going to be working on your job and what their qualifications are. Always be sure to get a list of any subcontractors who will be working on your job and ask for references, licensing or background information before you sign any contracts and you’ll be sure to get the right contracting service for your home improvement project.

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