Follow these simple steps when choosing a contractor to avoid shady, fly by night contractors:
Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth is by far the best source when it comes to finding the most amply prepared contractor to finish your job. Ask friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers about positive experiences they’ve had with contractors and who they used.
Make sure they are Licensed and Insured
This should be obvious. But many times, customers fail to ask if contractors are Licensed and Insured. Believe me, there are contractors out there without license and insurance and you don’t want to deal with the consequences that could occur because of using them.
Make a list of Three and Interview the Candidates
After you have found what seems to be 3 reputable contractors, call them, schedule an estimate and get a feel for the contractor. Is he or she on time? Are they respectful? Do they seem to have a knowledge of the work you want to complete? Do they seem attentive to your needs?
Check the Contractors References
Ask to see some of the contractor’s projects. If you like them, ask to see some of the references and call them. When you call them talk about the quality of the work, the communication and level of detail the contractors had at every step of the way. Remember that you are buying a service and not a product. The level of professionalism and craftsmanship will determine the level of your satisfaction when the project is finished.
If all these items check out, you should use that contractor. Simply paying for the services of the cheapest contractor will more than likely buy you a negative experience and poor workmanship. Remember, it is your home you are having someone work on, this is your most prized possession. Thanks! Hope this helps!