Regardless of the project, you have at hand, be it a bathroom remodel, an overall home improvement or fixing the pipes in your home, one thing is for sure, you will need a contractor ; and not just any contractor, a professional one – preferably local. Sure you could possibly get the work done on your own going by the numerous YouTube tutorials available online, but remember this; nothing beats the skill and prowess of an experienced local contractor. The trick, however, is choosing the very best there is. So to help you out, below are some quick tips for hiring a local contractor.
Check on the licensing
You should never make the mistake of hiring an unlicensed contractor. Most states have rules against this. Do your homework to check if they have met the minimum requirements required for licensing. You should, however, note that different states feature different rules and regulations of the same and as such you should check with the local licensing board just to be sure.
Insurance and bonding
You are probably familiar with the insurance bit, but the bonding part is all new to you. In fact, you probably do not know what it means. For the most part, they are similar but still have their distinct differences. Bonding assures you, the homeowner of having great work done from start to finish. It guarantees you of not having to suffer from incomplete yet fully paid for projects or probably even having to pay subcontractors you weren’t supposed to cater to in the first place. Insurance, on the other hand, protects your property and the company in the event any damage or harm comes to them.
When you are making your choice you should ensure that the company is both insured and bonded. This is not one of those either-or situations. Both are equally important.
Do not be hell-bent on the price
Sure, different clients will come offering estimates and payment plans. You should however not let it be the factor you use to decide the company to go with – even when they are offering the cheapest rates in town. Think about it this way, you get what you pay for. This is to mean that with cheap rates come cheap work and vice versa.
There is a limit as to how low companies can go and still be able to provide you with quality service. If any contractor provides an estimate insanely lower than the average in the market, then you know there is something wrong. They just might have to cut costs by using substandard equipment or subcontractors.
This however does not mean that you go for the most expensive contractor available. Rather, strive to strike equilibrium between the quality of service and the estimate provided.
Ask for referrals and follow up
A contractor that has done quality work in the past will be recommended by many of his/her past clients readily. Past clients are ever so honest which goes a long way to giving insight on the kind of service you should expect. Asking for referrals and following up on them will help you determine if indeed the contractor follows through with all the talk. If you get great feedback you can proceed and book an interview.
Other than the above tips, you should also consider the mode of payment as well as ease of communication. Your project depends on it. With that, you should be good to go landing your local contractor for the project at hand.