Finding the best person for a home improvement project is important in order for the remodeling project to be successful. There are numerous companies and individual contractors to choose from, but you need to take the time to conduct a little research to find the best man (or woman) for the job.
Start by talking to your friends and neighbors who have had home remodeling projects completed. Ask them how satisfied they were with the work and if there were any problems. If none of your friends or neighbors can provide a reliable reference, look online. Check out websites like Yelp, Yellowpages.com, and Craig’s List or use Google to search for contractors in your area. Only select contractors who are licensed and insured.
Once you find contractors who do the type of work you require, the next step is to check their reputation. You can verify their rating with the Better Business Bureau, as well as see if they have had any complaints and how they were resolved. In addition, see if the contractors on your list have websites where you can learn more about them, the types of work they do, and other such information.
After narrowing down your list, call the contractors and make an arrangement for an in-home appointment. The purpose of this meeting is to meet the contract face to-face, obtain a quote for the work, and ask for a list of recently completed jobs and references. Now that you have met with all of the contractors, sit down and review their bids.
Keep in mind the lowest bid is not always the best choice since the quality of materials or work to be completed can differ. Make sure to review quotes carefully and see which contractors took the time to itemize the work to be performed. To reduce your selections to one or two contractors, call the customer references the contractor supplied and get firsthand feedback from prior customers.
Lastly, make your decision and pick the contractor you want to use for the job. Schedule a follow up appointment to write up a job contract, negotiate payment terms, obtain a copy of their license, and ask for a liability insurance certificate issued in your name. Verify the contractor will take care of any necessary building permits, review the terms and conditions of the contract, and sign it. Obtain a receipt for the initial deposit and anytime payments are made. By following these steps, you can find the best contractor you can trust to remodel your home and deliver quality craftsmanship.