Hiring a home contractor can be an intimidating process. You want to find somebody who is skilled, trustworthy, and will do the job for a fair price. Finding somebody like this can be difficult in today’s market. But don’t worry; we’re here with some tips on how you can make sure you get the best possible deal and hire the right person for your project!
1. Understand your needs and priorities.
The first thing you need to do is understand your needs and prioritize what’s most important. You might want somebody who can tear down an old garage right away, but if they aren’t licensed or insured it could be a very risky decision (if not illegal). If cost is no object and you don’t care how long the project takes, there are plenty of contractors out there who will give you a quote. But if you need somebody quickly and at a reasonable price, it’s going to be tough.
Before hiring anybody make sure that they have the proper licensing for your city/state (if applicable). You can check with your local government or ask them directly about what kind of licenses are required for certain types of work.
If you want to save money, but still hire somebody who knows what they are doing (and can get the job done quickly) consider hiring a general contractor instead of an individual worker. General contractors will subcontract out some jobs and do others in-house, so if one person falls behind on their part it won’t affect the whole project.
You also want to make sure that they are insured and can provide you with proof of insurance before hiring them. If something goes wrong during the job, their insurance will cover most (if not all) of your expenses in order to fix any damages or injuries done by workers on site. You don’t have to hire somebody who is insured, but it’s definitely a good idea.
All of these are important to consider and ask about before signing any contracts or giving anybody thousands (or hundreds) of your dollars. Keep the priorities in mind and make sure you choose somebody who can do what you need them to do without sacrificing quality for price!
2. Do the research to find contractors in your area .
There are plenty of ways to find a contractor in your area. You can ask friends and family for recommendations, look up reviews online (like this one), or check the phone book/yellow pages. There is always somebody out there who wants somebody else’s business; it just sometimes takes time to track them down!
You might be tempted to hire somebody who pops up on your computer or phone first, but don’t do it! It’s important to take the time and find somebody reputable with good reviews. If you can get a recommendation from somebody else that is even better!
Before hiring anybody make sure they have proper licensing for your city/state (if applicable). You can check with your local government or ask them directly about what kind of licenses are required for certain types of work.
3. Ask for references or read reviews online
Once you have a list of potential contractors, it’s time to narrow them down even more. One good way to do this is by asking for references or reading online reviews about previous jobs they did. You can also ask the contractor directly what kind of work they’ve done in the past and who their most recent clients were if you are unsure.
By this point you should have a shortlist of at least two or three contractors, and hopefully more if you did your research. Now it’s time to get in contact with them and see what they can offer! Ask questions about the work they’ve done before (like we mentioned), their experience, prices/costs/services offered, and what they can do for you. You should also ask about possible hidden fees or “gotcha” moments that might happen along the way, and make sure to get it in writing (or at least a verbal agreement) if everything sounds good!
4. Get estimates from at least three different people before making a decision on who you want to hire
You should always get estimates from at least three different contractors before making a decision. By this point you’ve already done your research and have narrowed it down to two or three people, but that doesn’t mean they are the best choice for you! It’s important to consider all of your options carefully because there are plenty out there who can do the job just as well, if not better.
You can ask each contractor for their estimate or quote by email or in person (if they are already on-site at your property). If you want to compare prices based off of previous jobs done, try asking them what the average costs are so far and how many other people have hired them recently.
You want to make sure that they are very clear about what it will cost and when you can expect the project to be finished. You also might want to ask how often their workers show up or if there is a certain time of day they prefer working (for example, do they start at eight o’clock in the morning?). Make sure to write everything down and compare it with their competitor’s prices to see which one you prefer.
We hope we have given you some helpful tips and tricks on how to find the right home contractor for your next big project! When it comes to finding somebody who will do the job right without charging you an arm and a leg, it can be tough. So take your time with this process! We recommend narrowing down potential contractors by doing research online or asking friends/family for recommendations first before contacting them directly about what they offer. Once you’ve found two or three people that stand out to you, it’s time to get in contact and make sure everything sounds good. This is the best way we know of to ensure that they will be somebody who can do a great job at a fair price!