Do you need to get some renovations done on your home, but lack the know-how or the time to do it yourself? Unless you have a family member willing to do so for you, you will probably have to hire a contractor. The good news is, hiring a contractor is oftentimes not nearly as expensive as people think it will be. The bad news is, contractors have a worse record than any other reputation when it comes to doing the jobs they promised.
Top 8 Tips On How To Hire A Contractor.
There are several areas in which some contractors (and definitely not all) tend to fall short of the mark. The first is in their initial estimates of the job. A lot of the time, a contractor will take a cursory look around your property and let you know how much the job will cost, but then overrun. That added money could be for materials or labour, or both, but they can be avoided.
Only look at contractors who offer guarantees - moreover, guarantees in writing - that they will stick to the budget. They might give you a line about materials fluctuating. If so, then you could consider restricting the guarantee to labour only. A contractor who has worked on their fair share of home improvements should be able to accurately estimate how time standard renos in a standard home will take.
You can also ask the contractor you are considering if he or she can offer you a specific day to day estimate on the job you want done. If it's a kitchen renovation, what milestones can you expect to be completed on each day. Again, this estimate should be in writing, but don't expect it to be adhered to absolutely. If things are starting to go two days or more over, however, it might be time to say something. If a contractor is unwilling to sign this kind of agreement, it might be worth it to find someone who will.
Remember to always check references before you sign a contractor for your project. Find out if they have done any work on other home renovations for example, and ask for local references. If you were located in Dallas, you would ask about previous Dallas renovations before signing an agreement. Then, make sure to go to those homes or phone them up to see if they are happy with the work that a contractor did.
Another reference like source you can check are your local hardware stores. The good contractors should have solid reputations at the stores where they buy their supplies and probably drum up business as well. In fact, these stores might be the best spots to start your search for a contractor with experience.
Whether you are looking to give your home a facelift or to fix up some properties for flipping, you want to make sure the contractor you hire can offer you the best service possible.