All of us desire to lead a great life. In this pursuit, we tend to make alterations to our surroundings so that they adapt to our changing lifestyle. When we talk about making an improvement in a part of our home or the home itself as a whole, then we think of hiring the services of professionals who are specialists in their respective fields. In other words, we give a contract to a contractor who undertakes to carry out a specific task of remodeling a segment or home improvement in general. We pay a particular price that includes his fee as well as the charges that are required for completing the work.
Different types of contractors are available for different purposes. It is very important to get the right contractor for the purpose we wish to hire them for. Research has to be done on your proposed project before hiring the services of a contractor. For instance, for home improvement you have to look out for a contractor with home improvement experience. Inquire with your friends for referrals, see online customer review sites, ask at your local home hardware store, check with a local licensing agency or try the yellow pages when looking for contractors. Calling at least three potential contractors to interview helps in making a comparison. When asking for quotations, give every contractor the same details so your comparison is consistent.
When it comes to interviewing the contractor, following are the questions you have to bear in your mind:
1. Is the contractor licensed in this city/state? If yes then you should call up the local building department’s licensing office for the validation of the license. As a part of consumer awareness also call up your state’s consumer protection agency meant for grievances who know more about securing a license in your state.
2.Check out three references from jobs done the previous year. That helps you track the contractor’s history, find how reliable he is and his ability to stick to the budget and schedule.
3.Whether or not he is insured. He should be insured in order to save you from getting into any kind of legal hassles as well as financial burden should he meet with an accident at your place. Always ask for a copy of his insurance. The contractor should have general liability, workman’s compensation, auto insurance, and property and personal liability.
4.Check out the number of years of experience he has got in this field. If he’s into this business for over five years then it’s an indication of him being reliable.
5.Be Detailed in your Search-You may also want to check with the appropriate government office to determine if there are any unresolved complaints against the contractor before making your final selection.Check out all references provided and ask questions like: Was the project finished by the due date and were you pleased with the results? How well did the contractor communicate with you throughout the project? Were there any cost over-runs?
6.Ask for a detailed estimate that’s itemized and includes labor, materials, overhead and a schedule. Compare it with the estimates given by other contractors.
There are various contractors available for various purposes.Select your contractor according to your proposed project.