When you’re working on fixing things in your home, or even adding to it, chances are you’ll need to work with a contractor. But, don’t just settle on anyone.
Finding a reputable contractor takes effort. As Home Advisor discusses, there are several things to think about before you move forward and hire one.
- How long have they done this? Experience speaks volumes. A contractor who has worked for several years will know what to look for by second nature. However, a person who just opened their business may still be learning on the job. Ask them about their experience. It really does make a difference.
- Get a guarantee in writing! A promise may be a promise. But, it does not give an itemized list of the things that need to be fixed. A verbal agreement will also not show the agreed-upon price that was discussed before the work gets done. Do not let them slip! Get everything in writing as proof of their promise.
- Make sure the contractor has the required permits. It may be tedious and time-consuming, but it is one of the legal necessities in many areas. Make sure your contractor has the necessary paperwork before he or she starts. If not, it will wind up costing you in the end – both structurally and financially.
- Find out how long it will take. Better yet, have it documented in the guarantee mentioned above. By doing so, you have written proof of the estimated time so you can hold them accountable if they lollygag.
- Get the contract signed! As with the guarantee and the estimated time, the contract should state every little detail of what needs to be done, the time it will take, what the contractor needs from you and what you agree to do. However, without a written and signed contract, you won’t have any proof if they leave you hanging. Don’t let that happen! Make sure everything is written and the contract is signed by all parties involved.
The Powell Group encourages you to do your research when looking for a contractor within your area. We are happy to steer you in the right direction. Our team members are here to answer any housing questions or concerns about your dream home.