A home is probably the largest investment any person will ever make. It is a financial investment that is expected to grow in value as the years go by – and it is also an investment in the happiness of friends and family. It is that place where stressed urban professionals can enjoy a sanctuary from an ever more fast-paced and stressful world.
In other words, your home is important, but in order to maintain its value – or even add to it from time to time the services of a contractor may be required. Whether it is roof repairs, electrical issues, or that new extension that will increase living space – and make a real difference to the quality of those in the home a professional and reliable contractor is essential.
But how do you make sure that the contractor selected can get the job done, on time, within budget, and using the best quality materials based on years of experience?
Here are some hints and tips to ensuring that your contractor will deliver – and that the contractor experience will not be a source of stress and sleepless nights.
Firstly, it is essential to get recommendations. Not all the marketing blurb on a company website can be taken at face value. Speak to friends and family – they are a great and trusted source of information – and they may have had a wonderful experience with a contractor. Alternatively, reach out to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry – they will have great recommendations for a contractor in your area. You could also pay a visit to a retail outlet that supplies contractors. They will have a good idea of which contractor pays their bills and time – and is reliable.
Get on the phone for an initial chat with the contracting company so that you are satisfied that the contractor has experience in the sort of job you have in mind. Ask if they are willing to supply the contact details of previous clients – those clients will be able to give you insight into the professionalism of the contractor. Ask them how many jobs they have going at once – you require a contractor that will focus on your specific requirements – not one that is spread too thin.
After these steps, you should have a shortlist of potential contractors. Now it’s time to get in those estimates. Make sure that the estimate you receive is written and detailed – and enquire about the payment schedule. You do not want any nasty surprises when you get your bill. Ensure that the contractor has visited your home so that they are aware of the scope of the project and any potential challenges. Ask about the cost of materials, labor, and profit margins, as well as other expenses.
How to get the right contractor
When all is said and done don’t let price be the only factor influencing your decision. Reputation, experience, and customer service are all also important. Beware of estimates that are suspiciously low. With the right research, your search for the contractor that is the perfect fit for the job – and your individual needs will be successful.