Home Improvement Contractor

Looking for a home improvement contractor wouldn’t be much different from looking and evaluating applicants to a job opening. You have some background checking to do and more.

The first thing that you should do in assessing if home improvement contractor ideal for your remodeling project is to check if the prospective contractor has the appropriate license, whether that individual is a licensed construction supervisor and/or a registered home improvement contractor. You also need to check if adequate workers compensation insurance and liability insurance cover the contractor.

References are also important. Have the contractor submit to you a written listing of the three previous recent home projects he/she completed, the homeowners and their contact details. Check with these homeowners and ask their opinion on the contractor’s performance.

Another vital reference source on a contractor would be your local better business bureau, the local building regulators and the Office of the Attorney General. These bodies will have records if a contractor is facing some consumer complaints or have been subjected to disciplinary actions before.

After you have found a one who meets these basic requirements, draw up or ask for a contract. Entrust the job to the contractor only after you have a written contract that you understand and agree with its terms. A consultation with your lawyer on the home improvement contract would be most ideal.

Some states also specifically require that it is the home improvement contractor who should apply for the building permit. So be sure to check with your contractor regarding the responsibility for construction permit application.

Hire the Right Home Improvement Contractor the First Time

This isn’t like shopping in a grocery store or purchasing things from your local mall. You usually only have one shot at this and if you’re wrong, it could cost you thousands of dollars. Let me see if I can help you find the right home improvement contractor the first time.

Try to avoid hiring large companies who use unskilled professionals. This is more common than you think in the home improvement and home repair business. These companies usually pay low wages to stay in business, because their overhead and advertising expenses are enormous.

I also don’t recommend using online construction referral companies, because their fees can be outrageous and eventually become financial burdens to contractors who use their services. You might not be charged a fee for using their services, but the contractors are. Don’t forget, nothing is free and when you sign up for their free services, without understanding how that company makes money, you could easily find yourself paying for these expenses, as the contractor passes them on to you.

Feel free to ask your friends for referrals, look through the Yellow Pages, newspapers and other local advertising to find a few home improvement contractors. Now for the hard part, have at least three of these contractors but preferably more, look at your home improvement project.

You’re going to be asking them questions about the project and if you’re not comfortable with their answers, they’re out. Find out how many years of experience the people have that will be working on your project and last but not least, if you’re not comfortable with the contractor don’t hire them.

If you notice, I didn’t say anything about the price of the home improvement project. I’m not talking about how to get the lowest price, I’m trying to show you how to find a good home improvements contractor. Most first rate home improvement contractors are not going to give you the lowest price.

If you’re truly looking for the lowest price, you’re probably not going to find the most qualified contractor. Keep this in mind, when making your decisions about which contractor to use for your project.

A Home Improvement Contractor Checklist

How to make sure you choose a reasonably priced, reliable home improvement contractor.

A home improvement project is a major investment. Much time, effort and money will go into creating home improvements to make your home more enjoyable, livable and more valuable. The success level of your project will depend primarily on the person at the head of the project, namely, your home improvement contractor.

The home improvement contractor you hire should be able to schedule, coordinate, plan and activate those plans to provide you with the results you want in a timely and efficient manner. The abilities of the home improvement contractor you choose will determine the overall success of your home improvement project.

Home improvement centers, online sites and friends and neighbors are all good places to begin your search for a good home improvement contractor. It’s a good idea to try to get at least three home improvement contractors to give you a quote on your project.

Home Improvement Contractor

As you choose your home improvement contractor make sure you give each contractor the same set of plans or specifications to bid by. You want to make sure they all have the information and requirements. When you choose your home improvement contractor make sure you are comparing each contractor against the same checklist.

The checklist should include things like checking references, checking with the Better Business Bureau, comparing materials quality, comparing the timeline for completion, the professionalism of the quote and of course the price. The person with the lowest price may not always offer the best bargain.

To ensure that you’re getting the most reliable and highest quality home improvement contractor the materials they will be using should be investigated thoroughly. Sometimes a contractor with a lower bid may be using less than optimal materials. Make sure you check everything on your list before you make a final decision.

Professional home improvement contractors will have everything written in a professional contract before they begin the work. Read the contract carefully and get answers to any questions you have before you sign the agreement. Taking the time to choose your home improvement contractor carefully will give you the reward of a professionally completed project you can enjoy now and in the future.