Choosing a Home Improvement Contractor
The selection of a home improvement contractor to remodel your home is a critical decision that you must put a lot of thought into. If you rush this decision, or if you simply hire the first contractor listed in the phone book, it could come back to haunt you down the road. Here are a few essential points you should give top priority to as you search for a contractor.
1. Amount of experience
How long has the home improvement contractor been in business? How many projects has he or she completed? These are questions you will need to ask when you contact each contractor you are thinking about hiring. If you can’t get a straight answer. Look for testimonials online or from people in your community. Needless to say, if the person just started as a contractor last year, you might want to hire somebody else–unless you really want to give them a chance.
Is the contractor’s company a member of the Better Business Bureau? If so, has he or she had any complaints filed against them by previous customers? If so, what were the complaints regarding? Do not take the contractor’s word for it. You can find this information out online.
3. Previous work
Ideally, you should ask to see examples of the contractor’s previous work. They should be able to provide you with photos of some of their earlier jobs. This will give you an idea of the quality level you can expect if you hire this person. You should never hire a contractor if you do not know what kind of work they will perform during their remodeling of your home.
Home improvements are done because you want to “improve” your home. You should not be stressed about it just because you chose the wrong contractor. Sometimes, the most expensive one may not be the best. Ask around and choose wisely.