10 Best Practices when hiring a contractor

As Homeowners, nothing is more dreadful than hiring a contractor for home repairs or improvement.πŸ‘·πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈπŸ‘·

Letting a stranger into your home…🏠

Paying them big bucksπŸ’°

Hoping they do it right, and actually get the job done within a reasonable time is a BIG DEAL! 😱

We want to help you make informed decisions that will give you peace of mind along the way.

 

These are our TOP 10 tips on best practices when hiring a contractor…

βœ…1. Get recommendations…πŸ—£

Begin with close friends and relatives, after that check in your general vicinity, or google. You can also chat with your nearby lumber yard, which sees temporary workers consistently and knows which ones purchase quality materials and pay their bills on time.

βœ…2. Check their reviews…πŸ‘Œ

Do your own research and find out what past clients have said about them.

βœ…3. Make the call…🀳

A phone interview is the best way to find out the company’s reliability, availability & efficiency. Ask: Do they take projects your size? Can they give a list of previous clients? What other Project they have going on at the same time? How long have they worked with their subcontractor?

βœ…4. Meet face to face…😊

At this point you should have your top 3-4 contractor, meeting them face to face is for the purpose of finding out if they are good communicators and can put your needs and questions at ease.

βœ…5. Do your homework…πŸ“

Research what your project entails, cost, expenses, time, manpower, etc. This will give you a good overview of what your contractors’ work should look like.

βœ…6. Project proposal, get bids… πŸ“‹

A good contractor will sit down with you and create a blueprint for your project that will give you a sense of the cost, time, manpower & results. At this point, you should have 2-3 bids to pick from.

βœ…7. Payment schedule…πŸ“†

Once a decision is made, creating a payment schedule with your contractor will help set the relationship off on the right terms. Beware if they want half the cost upfront it can be a sign that they have some financial problems.

βœ…8. Throw out the lowest priced proposal… πŸ’°

Don’t let the price be your guide, make sure that all bids are within a reasonable range. If it is too low the contractor may be cutting corners and that can quickly turn into a nightmare.

βœ…9. Spell out the terms…✍

The contract should include payment schedule; proof of liability insurance; a start and end date; a list of products and materials that will be used; a requirement that the contractor obtains lien releases (protect you if the company takes off without footing their bills.)

βœ…10. Keep track…πŸ—“

As project starts and problems get discovered, remember that things can change and costs may rise but if you keep track of all that is being done and consistently check in with your contractor you can be sure to have peace of mind along the way.