Back in the old days, when you wanted to hire a contractor, you usually either had to go on word of mouth or just find one in the Yellowpages. Thankfully, technology has progressed so far these days that hiring a contractor is easier than ever. Not only that, but we can usually see everything we need to see about something before we hire them, all thanks to the internet. Home renovation can be exhausting and daunting for the new renovator. Thankfully, you have billions of websites at your finger tips that are there to help you.
There are many sites out there today that are aimed specifically at finding home renovation contractors and anything architectural. There’s even sites out there where previous clients of contractors can leave reviews and their opinion on the contractors. Believe me, if there’s one thing people will do after receiving bad service, they’re going to go online and leave their opinion on the bad service, warning everyone to stay away from them. For exmaple, even if you are looking for cabinetry hardware, you are likely to look at the top results on search engines. This may not always be the case.
So what are the different things you should be on the look out for when you’re trying to find a legitimate contractor that doesn’t suck and won’t ruin your project? There’s a multitude of factors but for the purpose and sake of this article, we’re just going to go over 5 quick things you need to look at and 5 things you should take into consideration when looking up these potential contractors.
- The Experience
First, you need to make sure the person being hired has plenty of experience. You don’t want to hire someone who’s just getting their start in the industry and you don’t want to hire someone who’s claimed to have been around a long time but doesn’t have the experience to show it. Ask some past clients about their experience and look at previous work done.
- Contractor License
Every valid and legible contractor MUST have a license. This is not just something you should take into account for safety reasons but it’s state law. A contractor cannot run or operate a business as a contractor without a valid license. Also make sure to note that just because a contractor has a license doesn’t mean they’re good at what they do.
Try to find people via referrals based off of friends, family or neighbors. Have any of them ever had any kind of contracting work done for their home? If no, then you can always take to the internet but make sure the site is a credible source because it’s not uncommon for people to leave fake or paid reviews.
Do not under any circumstances work with a contractor that does not have insurance or you are responsible for the damage they cause.
- The Estimate
Make sure to get an estimate that’s written down and in clear terms. Don’t sign a confusing contract or do any kind of oral agreement. This is how a lot of thieves out there try to get clients to end up paying far more than they owe or scam them out of work or money.