Have you been considering working with a home improvement contractor, but don’t know much about the finding and hiring process?
Home improvement projects can be a big deal. When it comes to getting them done, you want to be sure that you’re finding a good prospective hire. That being said, it’s important to do what you can in order to make sure that it happens.
Without the proper guidance or the right contractor or business, the entire thing could end up being difficult and even cost you even more money. That’s the best case scenario. Choosing the wrong person or company to work with could be bad news, so it’s wise to try and do what you can to avoid that.
A high quote does not necessarily indicate quality.
In life, sometimes you get what you pay for. But as the saying goes, there’s also a sucker born every second. Don’t get it in your head that a high estimate or quote means great work, or a middling or low quote means that the work will be low quality.
A high bid does not a good hire automatically make. Keep this in mind as you’re going through the hiring process. You may end up going with the high bid, but do so because you have vetted the service and feel that it is your best option. Consider who you’re hiring first and the number second to the extent that your budget allows you to.
See if anyone you know has a referral handy to give you.
If they’ve worked with a certain contractor before and have a positive opinion of them, it’s always worth taking a referral. That doesn’t mean that you have to go with it, and indeed, you should not take a friend or family member or neighbor’s word on it alone. This is particularly true if the have bad judgment; ask people that have sound judgment that you trust.
Either way, a referral is simply someone mentioning someone that they’ve worked with before and a way to contact them. This may end up being really useful because you may end up interviewing someone that is a diamond in the rough that you never would have found if you had relied on your own research or consulting the white pages. A referral is also encouraging because it is somewhat more reliable to have someone recommending a contractor to you who has worked with them and knows their quality of work to be good.
What does your gut tell you?
A gut instinct can often be correct. You may often be having consultations with contractors and how you feel can make a difference. Maybe you have an ‘off’ feeling about someone you’re interviewing or feel uncomfortable for some reason.
Having a good feeling about the person that you’re going to hire is important. Do you feel like you like their character, that they are cut out for the job, that their quote was a good fit? Did they communicate in a way that you approved of and were professional? Take note of what you observed and your gut feeling about the contractor.
Check out their credentials.
Be sure that they are qualified. Ask about credentials or certifications. You want any contractor that you hire to be bonded, licensed, and insured. You don’t want to be liable for injury, so this is an important step.
See if they’d be okay working in writing.
A contract in writing about the details of the job is a good idea. Anyone that doesn’t want to sign one or agree to certain terms in writing may end up not being someone that you want to hire. They may have a better idea than you about whether they’re able to deliver.
Ask all of the questions that you need to, from time scale to quotes to licensing or experience. There is no time quite like the present, and besides, it’s key to a good hire!