Finding a contractor for any kind of job is easy, just like hiring any employee to run your business but finding who’s great at what they do is a completely different story. You can’t treat your home like you would if you were the manager of a fast food restaurant. Hiring someone who’s bad at their job when it comes to a place like Burger King usually isn’t a big deal. At the most, you’ll have a few angry customers and you can easily replace them.
With your home though, you need to make sure some thorough research is done because it’s going to be costly if a bad contractor is hired. They can do permanent damage to your home if they don’t know what they’re doing or if they do a very poor job. The goal of a renovation is to add appeal to the home and add value to the home, not to devalue it, so for this reason, we need to make sure we find a great contractor.
The problem is, there’s just so many contractors out there and the market for them is huge. Now more than ever, a lot of people are renovating their homes and it’s so easy to find people who claim to know what they’re doing. Having a goal and a plan for your research to find the right person is a must. It would be beneficial to you to research the basic requirements for home renovation before hiring someone so you don’t get taken advantage of.
One thing you should do before you hire anyone is make sure that you request testimonials or reviews from sources that are authentic. Approach people and make sure they’ve actually used the services of the contractor in question. Don’t take random online reviews for fact as a lot of people like to review themselves or hire people to leave positive reviews on their page. When hiring a contractor, you should always start with a budget lower than you actual budget. The reason for this is, this allows for wiggle room in case something goes wrong.
The bidding procedure when hiring a contractor can be downright frustrating at times and is one of the longest periods of time when doing a renovation project. People who are desperate for work will try to negotiate with you for hours on end and some people who don’t need the work who are established in the industry will simply move on to another client if the price isn’t right for them. Don’t allow them to sell you for far higher than your budget but don’t try to cheap out on the contractors either.
You need to make sure all of the information the contractor gives you is legit and actually checks out. You can easily check on this information online on various websites. You can even put out an ad on a free message board asking if anyone in your local area has had experience with a contractor.