Hiring the wrong contractor can quickly suck the joy out of your home construction project and leave you feeling stressed out and in financial hot water. While the construction industry may be full of sub-standard and suspicious contractors there are more than enough reputable professionals to choose from.
In this three-part post we will share nine guidelines to help you separate the real from the fake and choose a professional contractor and ensure a good working relationship.
Have a plan
Before you start shopping around for a contractor make sure you have a plan and know exactly what you want to accomplish. By knowing that you are the one in charge it will be a lot harder for a sub-standard contractor to pull the wool over your eyes.
Don’t just settle for the first contractor you come across make sure you shop around and do your research on as many contractors as possible. Try and focus on those who frequently work in your area. Area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and safe bets for projects. If they didn’t do good work in your community, they wouldn’t still be around.
If you know friends and family who have recently been involved with construction work find out who worked on their projects and whether or not, they were happy. You can also try local homebuilder’s associations and listings and building inspectors to find out which contractors regularly meet building codes and do good work.
Lookout for part 2 of our post where we look at three more tips for hiring the right contractor.
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