You can really change the time and value of your home remodel with an experienced contractor. However, you need to be cautious when you select a contractor. There have always been those who work without licenses and simply don't know what they're doing, or they also don't work well with homeowners. There are some ways that you can find a really good contractor in your area if you just take the time to evaluate and talk to several builders. You can talk to building officials who will know of contractors that are trusted. You can also talk to other people in your neighborhood who have had a successful remodel or look online for local contracting companies. During your search, consider these ideas to make sure that you find the right person for the job.
What To Look For
You should be wary of contractors who go door-to-door soliciting for business. Any valuable contractor will have plenty of business through an actual company or through referrals. You should ask contractors if they have done the same type of repairs that you are asking for. In addition, you need to know whether the contractor will purchase the necessary permits or if the work will be inspected as it is completed.
Registration and Licensing
These are very important factors when you pick a contractor. A legitimate contractor, plumber or electrician will be registered or licensed. All contractors who do business in the state are also required to register. This doesn't guarantee that they are good contractors, but it does mean that they have minimal liability insurance and a surety bond that can protect a consumer if a problem occurs.
Talking to Contractors
You should talk to at least three different contractors and get three separate bids on a home before choosing one of the contractors. You can see how each of them inspects the property and give you an estimate of cost. The cheaper contractor isn't always the best. The right contractor will know a lot about your home's design and give you more ideas. He will also have references and be willing to sign a written contract.
When to Pay
You shouldn't ever have to make a large down payment to any contractor. You should be able to pay the contractor at the end of the job, and pay only for the portion of the job that has been completed, if you are paying by week. You should also avoid making any final payments until you have received a lien release. All of these details should be included in the written contract.
Other Things to Consider
You should look for a permanent place of business with a telephone number, tax I.D. number and business license. You also want to hire a company with a proven track record, with multiple client references and a list of completed projects. You should be able to call these references and previous customers to see how the job worked out. You can also contact your Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against a contractor. If there are any other concerns, talk to the contractor beforehand and also ask him to explain his project and quality control procedures. You should know the number of workers for the project and the estimated completion time before the project is started.