Updated: Feb 10
You have a project that needs to be done but you don't know who to call. Maybe you are new to the area and haven't created those connections or you may have had someone and realized it is time for someone new. When hiring a contractor it is of the upmost importance to do your homework.
It can be extremely frustrating when it is a project that has been staring you in the face for what seems to be forever, but you cannot rush the hiring process. Maybe it is that leaky faucet or that complete bathroom renovation, but either way it is crucial that you know who is going to be in your home. We always tell people to do your research and by doing so, you protect yourself and the job.
Searching For a Contractor
Today there are so many places you can go to find a contractor. From Angi, Buildzoom, Yelp and good 'Ole Facebook groups, you can definitely find that perfect contractor that will take away all your worries. Buildzoom will verify the contractor's construction license and let you know if it continues to be in good standing. Another great option on Buildzoom is that they will verify the contractor's insurance and how much coverage they have. They will also provide you with permit history and the scope of the job the permit was for. The great thing about Facebook is that you can ask your neighbors who they have used. After you have joined your hometown's group ask the community who they have used in the past. Most often than not, you will find what you are looking for right there. So, to say, "I can't find a decent contractor" is nonsense! It's imperative to use the tools that are at your disposal.
You already know you should get three estimates, right? So do just that. Do not get lazy and hire the first contractor you like. I can't tell you how many times I see work not completed or just outright horrible. A lot of this can be avoided if we as homeowners do what is necessary. Ask them for proof of insurance. It is not rude to do this and if they act as if, get another contractor. Also, don't forget to ask for a written itemized estimate!
Hired, Now What?
Ok, the hard part is over. Going forward, you need to make sure you have an open line of communication with your contractor and it be in a timely manner. A contract needs to be drawn up by the contractor and it should have how he expects to be paid and in what time frame laid out so there is no discrepancies. Get a signed copy and keep it in your records. Ask the contractor how he intends on maintaining cleanliness on the jobsite and his COVID 19 precautions. Then, just take a bunch of before and after photos and Enjoy your new look!