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How to Pick a Great Contractor

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One of the most important parts of planning your renovation is picking the right contractor. You could be working together for an extended period of time, maybe even on multiple projects. Hiring the right contractor could be the difference between your renovations dreams and nightmares. To make this task less daunting, we’ve gathered a few tips to help find yourself a rockstar contractor.

Get Recommendations

There are so many great places to get recommendations from, and recommendations are one of the best ways to ensure that you’ve found someone trustworthy. So what are the best sources for recommendations?

  • Friends and Family

Asking friends and family who have had similar work done is a good way to source a quality contractor. Even if they can’t tell you who to hire, they may be able to tell you who not to hire, and if they do recommend a contractor you can relax knowing that whoever gave you the recommendation had a good experience with the same professional.

  • Local Building Inspector

Another great person to ask would be a building inspector, they may be able to recommend contractors who consistently meet proper building and safety codes.

  • The Internet

There are tons of resources online to help you find contractors that will work for you, some even advertise that it’s easier than online dating. Usually they provide a list of contractors in your area and most allow you to leave some sort of review after the work is done, so don’t hesitate to do a little research on any contractor you’re considering hiring. Some good examples of these sites include:

 

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective contractor questions. The more you ask the more you can rest assured that you have found a quality professional. Good questions to ask include what kind of work they specialize in, whether or not they will be bringing subcontractors into your home and how many projects they’re going to be working on at the same time as yours.

Ask for advice, your contractor may have all kinds of solutions to the problem you are trying to fix that you may not have even thought of. Take advantage of their knowledge, they will know about all kinds of products you may not have seen or heard of before and they may even save you some money along the way. You’re hiring them because they’re more experienced than you are, take advantage of that.

 

Beware The Lowest Price

Always get your project priced by more than one contractor, you’ll hear more ideas about how to solve your problem and it will be easier to ensure you get a fair price. After you’ve received quotes from a few contractors, get rid of the lowest price. Unless they are all extremely close in price, the lowest priced quote is going to be shaving the dollars off somewhere, and chances are it’s not their profit margins. Don’t sacrifice quality workmanship and materials to save a little bit of money.

 

Pick Someone Who Feels Trustworthy

Finally, choose someone who feels like they can be trusted. If there is anything that you don’t like about the contractor when you first meet them then don’t hire. This contractor will be working in your home around your family and possessions, maybe even for an extended period of time. If you don’t feel comfortable trusting them, go with your gut, find someone else.