Finding a reliable contractor can sometimes be an arduous task. There are a lot of good contractors out there, but the field is also saturated with some real nightmares waiting to happen and fly-by-night scammers.
The problem is, how do you tell one from the other? If you just see an ad, how are you supposed to know who you want to go with?
Other tasks around the home are much simpler. For example, if you wanted to buy a new water dispenser for your home, it’s pretty easy to find a blog discussing some of the most popular water dispensers and what the reviews have to say. Problem is with contractors, you can’t always find all the reviews after you hired them, so it’s best to do your research up front. In this article, we will walk you through the best ways to find a reliable contractor.
Looking For The Right People
So, how do you hire the best local contractor for the job? Where are the best places to find them? We’re talking about contractors that will adhere to your timeline, budget and personal needs. Don’t go by word of mouth alone because every project is different.
Follow the wisdom and experience crafted in our list. Getting stuck with a bad contractor can lead to the expenditure of time and money in the form of a lawsuit, courtroom visits and lawyer fees.
Create Your List
When you’re looking to hire a contractor don’t just go with your first option. Consider multiple contractors and then vet them. Make sure to create a list of questions before you even contact your first contractor. This is going to save you time, stress and money. What type of questions should I ask the candidates? Can they offer useful, no-nonsense tips for identifying roofing problems so that I can be involved in the maintenance and continual care of my roof after they’ve done their job.
The most important questions to ask are:
- What is your company name, physical address, phone number and email address?
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you licensed?
- Are you bonded?
- Are you insured?
- Are you registered with the BBB?
- How big is your company?
- How many jobs are you currently engaged in?
- How many jobs can you handle at once?
- What is your specialty?
- What is your weakness?
- Do they have customer Testimonials?
- Can I have two references from prior customers?
- How much will my project cost(estimate)?
- How long will my project take(estimate)?
- What is your warranty policy?
4 Ways To Find A Reliable Contractor
- Local Building Association Monthly Meeting
- Anyone can attend these meetings and network with those currently working.
- Google SearchBuilding Inspectors
- They are in the know as to who is good and bad because they’re the ones checking their work
- Hardware Stores And Warehouses (Home Depot, Lowes, Etc.)
- Ask the managers, salespeople and even cashiers for advice. Who comes often and purchases big orders of material.
- Reputable Websites (Homeadvisor.com, Angie’s List, etc.)
- You can create an account and upload your project. Contractors will see your project and bid on the opportunity to work for you.
Whatever your choice is just make sure to use that important questions list and vet your candidates. What is their grade on the BBB directory and do they have customer testimonials? Take your time and be thorough in searching and researching because once the contract is signed you’re locked in for the duration of the project. Good luck out there!