Thinking of doing some home improvements? Your first step is to find the right contractor. There are plenty of contractors to choose from, but how do you know which ones will get the job done correctly? Follow these ten tips to find the best contractor for your project.
Tip #1: Understand that Price Reflects Quality
As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Don’t settle for the lowest bid. Always ask a contractor for their recommendation on how the project should be done, and remember that the most accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.
Tip #2: Be Upfront About Your Budget
Being upfront about your budget will help avoid misunderstandings and set expectations. If necessary, homeowners can break a project down into multiple phases to spread out the cost over time.
Tip #3: Ask Friends and Family
Asking your friends and family about their recommendations for contractors can help save you time and money. Ask around for recommendations and inquire about their experiences working with different contractors.
Tip #4: Look at Reviews
Another way to learn about the work of contractors is to look at online reviews. You can learn a lot about a contractor and their work by looking up online reviews. However, anyone can write online reviews, regardless if they’ve worked with a contractor or not, so be wary.
Tip #5: Ask About Credentials
Don’t be shy about asking contractors about their qualifications, certifications, and memberships. Their credentials will give some indication of their level of experience and quality of workmanship. You’ll appreciate knowing their credentials once they start your home improvement project.
Tip #6: Always Hire a Contractor that is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
If a contractor is missing any of these three things, don’t hire them. Hiring a contractor that isn’t licensed, bonded, and insured can leave you liable if a member of the work crew gets injured on the job.
Tip #7: Review Examples of Their Previous Work
Ask potential contractors for pictures of their past projects. That way, you can assess whether you are satisfied with their workmanship. You can also use the internet to find images of their past work.
Tip #8: Get Your Contract in Writing
Avoid miscommunication and liability by getting every aspect of the agreement in writing. All contracts should include:
- Detailed time frames
- Total cost
- Payment arrangements
- Contractor’s license number
- Project description
- Names of everyone involved in the project
- How to handle additional costs if necessary
Tip #9: Establish a Communication Channel
Communication is key to everything we do. Make sure you and your contractor have a clear understanding of who your “go-to” person will be, how to get in touch with them, and how frequently the contractor will update you.
Tip #10: Ask About Project Requirements
Any home improvement contractor you hire should know about the permits required and regulations needed to be followed for your project. Before deciding, be sure to ask about these things. If they are unsure, you may want to consider other contractors.
The Right Contractor for Your Project
Maryland’s Best Remodeling is a Howard County residential contractor that can handle all of your home improvement needs. From interior remodeling to exterior remodeling, we take care of it all. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation estimate.