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Is Your Contractor Reliable?

When you’re working on a remodeling project, you want to ensure that you only have the best professionals handling the changes to your home. Of course, the concern that many homeowners are concerned about is whether or not they’re going to be able to hire a contractor that has a proven track record of success. There’s always a bit of concern when hiring contractors because it can be challenging to determine who is truly experienced and who is making claims just to get more prospective work.

Although there’s nothing wrong with finding a contractor via the internet and hiring them, it’s important to check all of their references and ensure that they are the professional that they claim to be. There are a lot of contractors that do not have the experience that they may claim to have, which can be particularly risky when you are handling remodeling work. If the housing authority or a real estate agent realizes that you have had remodeling work done by someone who is not bonded and experienced, they may have all of the work ripped out of your home or they may not factor it into the overall worth of your home when it goes on the market for sale.

Your contractor should be able to provide you with references. You should be able to view pictures of their previous work or go to see the results in person so that you can determine whether or not it was quality work. You will also want to ask when this work was done. If it was done several years ago and the results seem to be long lasting, then you will know that the contractor is able to produce high quality remodeling results.

It’s also a good idea to do some research on what other clients would say about their experience with the contractor. Did the contractor provide the results and the work on time? Were they professional and friendly? Did anything seem questionable? These are very important questions to consider. This is someone that you’re going to be inviting into your home for an extended period, so it’s important to ensure that they are trustworthy and that they are truly knowledgeable about what they are doing.

Seeking contractors that have a good reputation in your city can be a very beneficial option. If they have a good reputation, then there’s a good chance that they provide high quality work and that they are able to provide everything in a timely manner. Likewise, don’t forget to get involved with asking questions and getting estimates on the prices. You will want to find the ultimate value; who will be able to provide you with high quality work for an affordable price? Remember to keep in mind that cheap prices don’t necessary reflect low quality work and that high prices don’t necessarily reflect high quality work.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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