A home improvement project can be an overwhelming task to undertake on your own, so you’re looking to hire a building contractor. Perhaps you’ve asked friends for recommendations, or have gone to Social Media to look for a contractor, and now have lots of websites and Facebook pages to look at. Now you have all these names, but how do you choose? Here are a few tips for you to help select the perfect contractor for your home improvement project.
1. Make sure you “connect” with your Contractor
The right person for the job will be easy to talk to. Make sure your contractor understands your goals and has experience in the type of job you are looking for. Communication is key for all projects, so insist on regular updates on the project, such as setting up weekly face-to-face meetings.
2. Understand that price reflects quality
Ask your contractor for his recommendations on how he would manage the project. The lowest bid is not always the best. Request a written description of the materials necessary for the job. A low bid may indicate that a contractor uses sub-par materials or is desperate for work. The more accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.
3. Know a contractor’s credentials
Abbreviations behind your contractor’s name can represent certifications from national trade organizations, as well as state licensing boards. These indicate that the company belongs to certain organizations that bind them to a strict code of ethics. Insist on hiring a licensed and insured contractor. Otherwise, as the property owner, you are liable if a member of the work crew gets injured on the job.
4. Get your home improvement contract in writing
Your contract should include: detailed time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, your contractor’s license number, project description, names of parties involved and how additional costs will be managed. Be cautious; if you are not given a timeline for the job to be completed, this may indicate the contractor has several current jobs and may not complete your job in a timely manner. Keep all job-related documents such as contracts, payments and receipts in one place.
5. Be upfront about your home improvement budget
If necessary, break the project down into multiple phases. Although this may increase the total cost due to repetitious start-up expenses and inflation, it may also be a better option for you to spread out the cost over time. Homeowners can often save money by doing some tasks on their own, such as cleaning and painting.
Sandbar Building, a licensed and insured General Contractor, is a family-owned and operated business who takes real pride in their work and looks forward to providing you with an honest and caring Home Renovation. No project is too small, and we put our customers first and treat each and every project with the same care and detail that we would put into our own home.