5 Tips to Land the Most Reliable Home Contractor
We’ve all heard the saying “home is where the heart is”. I mean, I couldn’t agree with it more.
Yet, wouldn’t it be amazing to be with loved ones and have the home you’ve dreamed about for so long? With the right home contractor, this hypothetical becomes a reality.
Stil, not all home contractors are created the same. This post will present the 5 necessary tips to land the most reliable home contractor for you.
Ideally, start off by asking your friends and family if they have personal home contractor recommendations for you. If you have the means to reach out to a building inspector, they’ll know several home contractors that are certified and routinely meet code requirements.Are neither of these options available? No worries. You can always take to the internet. Just make sure that you are using reputable services and review sites. For reputable services, consider Checkbook and Angie’s List to find home contractors. For review sites, Google reviews can be a great way to start. Just make sure that the reviews are labeled with a verified purchase checkmark.
Ask For References
If a home contractor is skilled and proud of what they do, they should have no problem showing you their work and/or connecting you with some of their previous clients. References are a great way to see how home contractors actually act while on the job.
Visit A Current Job Site If You Can
Like the previous point, you want to have a good picture of who you’re getting yourself involved with. If a current job site is near you, try to visit it and see for yourself how the project is going. At the end of the day, is the house a mess? Is the working environment hectic or organized? These are some questions you should consider.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Questions aren’t rude and any professional will be ready and willing to answer questions that come their way. For home contractors, these are a few important questions to ask:
- How long have you been in this business?
- How many contracts do you have right now?
- Could you explain your process?
- What subcontractors do you like to use?
- Do you have the necessary permits (local + federal)?
- Do you have proof of all certifications?
- Is insurance covered?
Note: Make sure to look at home contractor profiles and/or websites before asking these questions. This will help you avoid asking questions that have already been answered and made public.
Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide
Everyone loves a good deal, and I get that. Still, you can’t just go with the lowest bid. After all, how are these home contractors making money when they are working for prices that are margins below their competitors?
Here are the three most likely scenarios, all of which are equally bad: the contractor is cutting corners, they’re desperate for work, or they don’t have the qualifications. I’m not saying that you’ll get the best home by working with the highest bid. But, you have to think beyond price and consider which contractor meets your needs the best.