Most people ask family, friends and colleagues for referral if they need to find a contractor. It would be good if the referrer used to be a contractor’s client. However, if the referral came just because the contractor is a husband’s colleague or a friend’s brother, then be cautious about hiring him. Choosing a contractor must be done as objectively as possible. Here are five things you should do before finally choosing a contractor to work on your renovation project:
Tip #1: Set meetings with the prospective contractor and conduct an interview.
Ask as many questions as you can. It is important that you have a copy of their portfolio that you can scan during the interview. Communicate directly with the contractor to know about their work experience, their skills and their work ethics. Be sure to ask them about their credentials, their standing with the BBB and with the ROC. Good questions also include discussions about previous projects, problems encountered while doing a project, solutions provided and contact number of references. Call or email previous clients to ask about their feedback regarding the contractor’s work.
Tip #2: Take a look at their credentials.
Hire licensed or registered contractors. Make sure that the contractor holds a verified license from the state and from professional associations. Check with the Register of Contractors (ROC). Take hold of his ROC license number and verify online or through phone. Apart from a license, a trustworthy contractor should be able to show you his liability insurance and bonding insurance as well. If you have a company name, check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see the company’s performance.
Tip #3: Keep everything in writing
Contracts should not be the only one in writing. Proposals should be written too in order to make every detail as clear as possible. It should include things like hourly or daily rate, or an overall labor rate. Make sure you get a construction calendar as well, so you know when workers will be at your home. Be sure to ask for receipts as payments are made and keep good records! Many home improvements have added tax benefits as well!
Always allot ample time when choosing a contractor. Never rush things because it would just force you to make hasty decisions due to time pressure. Proper planning and time management is the key. As soon as you find a trustworthy and competent contractor never let him go. He would certainly be a good investment in the future.
When you check us out, you will find our A+ rating with the BBB, multiple licenses in good standing with the Registrar of Contractors, the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, our community involvement in several chambers and community outreach programs. Plus, you won’t have to ask around too much before you stumble across a past customer who will assure you that TWD completed their project on time and on budget.
That is our commitment to you. Learn more about why we are the right contractor for your job by visiting the TWD Difference page. To receive a free estimate by one of our professional today click here.