Anyone planning home improvement projects would do well to consider the value of hiring a contractor. You have more than one option available: you can do it yourself, get a general handyman, or hire a fully licensed contractor to do the work. Keep these things in mind as you make this difficult choice.
It’s not too smart to just contact one contractor and hire him without looking at the other contractors. The exception to this rule would be if a trustworthy person made a personal recommendation. Otherwise, before choosing you’d be best to get three estimates at least. These estimates should be free -you shouldn’t have to pay someone just to come to your home and take a look around. So you remember the price of each job, you should write down the estimates. This way you can do smart comparisons to discover whether or not a contractor is charging too much for one thing. Interviewing various contractors will let you meet a number of people and you’ll be able to see who you feel most comfortable with.
Bank and Credit References
One way to protect yourself from hiring the wrong person or company is to ask for bank and credit references that you can check. While this may sound extreme, you can’t be too careful when it comes to someone who’s going to be working on your property. Since you probably don’t know the contractor you’re considering this will allow you to learn that he does at least have credit accounts in the area. What you’re hoping to avoid is finding a transient worker who can just leave once he has your money. Legitimate contractors should have accounts with local supply companies. This will only be effective if you choose to go with a licensed contractor rather than a general jack of all trades kind of helper.
Know what kind of home improvement projects you have in mind before you hire a contractor. Failing to know what you’re looking for leaves the doors wide open for an unscrupulous contractor to talk you into buying much more work than you had planned. You might also find, should you fail to properly think things through, that what you had in mind wasn’t as grand as you had thought it would be. Plan for how you want your project to look when finished, what kinds of materials will be used, and how much you’re able to spend on the project ahead of time. If you need a little help with inspiration or solidifying your goals, visit a home improvement store. Don’t forget the countless books, magazines, and websites that exist on the subject of home improvement projects.
Allowing professionals to carry out some home improvement projects is best, even though there are some you can do yourself. You want to make sure you choose a good contractor though if you’re planning on going through the expense and trouble of getting one. Using common sense, remembering some of the suggestions said above and listening to your gut feelings are the best ways of picking the right contractor.