Many of us simply do not have time to make the home repairs that have become a necessity to save on energy consumption of modernize our older homes. In order to do this we often have to hire a contracted professional. The problem is that many people end up with more problems that they started with or a higher cost than originally estimated. This article will help you in finding out which contractors will do the job correctly based on budget and time-frame and leave you satisfied in a project that is satisfying to your needs.
Right out of the gate, compare prices for contractors and this will come into play in your decision making. Do not assume that the most expensive is going to do the best job as he may be higher due to overhead and financial issues with the business or he has a commercial name and believes that means excellence. You also do not want to jump on the lowest price without checking around at references. This could be somebody with low overhead who does great work or it could be a contracted job mill using unskilled low wage workers. As you can see, pricing will be a factor to look at in combination with other research.
Always ask for references no matter if it is a friend of a friend or a company that advertises on television and radio. You also need to look at the BBB for any complaints that have been reported. Many large companies, not all, have several complaints and the excuse that they do more work thus more mistakes doesn't cut it. These are professionals and no matter what the price is, the job should be completed as you asked with quality workmanship. When asking for references, demand several as businesses tend to use their top clients and you do not get a good feel for the quality of their work.
Call each and every reference you are given in order to verify the quality of workmanship and if they stayed within the estimate or budget. This is where you get to the details that allow you to make your choice. You may find out the cheaper guy will go above and beyond to build his client base as he is a start up that has a great reputation.
Contractors need to be insured and bonded in case any accidents occur. You certainly do not want to be the responsible party in an injury case or carry the burden of damage caused by shoddy workmanship.
Make sure you contact the insurance company and verify they are insured and you will be protected. Unfortunately people often do not do this and their homeowners insurance takes the hit because a contractor lied about coverage. Never believe they are being truthful as it is your money and property they are being entrusted with.
These suggestions should put you on the path to making the right decision when hiring a contractor to do a home remodeling project. Make sure you do your research and never believe everything you are told until you have verified it. Remember this is your home and biggest investment so ensure that the right people are hired to do the quality of work you expect at the price you were quoted.