How do you choose the right contractor to transform your home? It’s an important decision! You want to choose someone reputable, honest and able to complete projects timely. Qualifications, service offerings and work excellence are just a few items to check off your list. Here are some more good tips for how to choose the best contractor:
Check the Credentials
When searching for qualified companies, be sure to ask for their credentials. Credentials include insurance in case of damage and required licenses. Also, be sure you know what the abilities are of the workers. For example, some of them might be able to fulfill the role of an electrician as well as builders.
You will also want to ensure that the tradespeople can complete contractor work within your area. It might seem a bit extreme to do this amount of interrogation, but you will save yourself a lot of trouble later down the line and give you peace of mind.
Check the Reputation
One of the quickest and most effective ways to check if a company is reputable is to check their online reviews and ask other people what their experience was like. Some companies will have their reviews readily available. For others, you may have to become a detective and search around. First, check out a few different review sites to gauge the overall standard of certain companies.
This is the optimal time to send out some messages to friends and family and see who they might recommend or, conversely, who they would avoid. Word-of-mouth reviews are just as valuable (if not more so) as those you find online.
Check the Website
The majority of your research will likely be done online. A company website can tell a lot. View the site before you start reading too deeply into the services on offer. Look for information that is readily available, pictures, phone number, physical address, and other items that signify their company is real. Keep an eye out for anything that feels off or suspicious. Anything you see that makes you feel a little suspicious or uneasy about the site, back out.
Questions to Ask a Home Remodeling Contractor
Are you licensed and insured?
Have you or your employees been certified in remodeling or had special training or education, such as a Certified Remodeler, Certified Remodeler Specialist, Certified Lead Carpenter or Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler?
May I have a list of references from past projects?
Who will be working on the project? Are they employees or subcontractors?
What are your payment expectations?
Will you provide an estimate or a quote?
Doing the appropriate research and asking the right questions can help you choose the right company. For more information, contact MAC today!