home contractorFinding the right contractor can be an intimidating task for almost anyone.  Not only do you have to find someone who is knowledgeable of what you are trying to do, you also have to find someone within your budget. It doesn’t have to be that scary, though! With the right amount of preparation and knowledge, anyone can learn how to hire the contractor that’s perfect for them.

Check Their Papers

The first step to hiring the right contractor is checking for a license.  You should hire a licensed contractor because they provide piece of mind should accidents occur.

State licensing requirements often include bonds and insurance. A bond will provide a financial assurance that your contractor will pay should any damages occur. Insurance is also available for employees who work for a contractor. When there is insurance and bonding it protects you. If they are hurt you do not have to worry about the project having to end due to the contractor running out of money.

The last thing that you want is having the employees that are working on your project, come after you for payment when their employer didn’t pay them.

Working with a contractor that has satisfied licensing requirements including insurance for their workers will allay some of those fears.

Encourage Competition

The second thing you should do is shop around. You don’t have to choose the first qualified contractor that you come across. You can probably find many contractors who are capable and available to do your project.

Try and contact as many contractors as you can so that you can get the best candidate and price. You should ask your potential contractors why they are the best choice, and actively compare them to others.  If the contractor realizes they may not get the project, they are more likely to offer you a competitive bid.

Trust Opinions

When it comes time to make a final decision, look for recommendations. Check their references and ask if you can see examples of their work. If you have any friends or neighbors that have used contractors, ask for their referrals and recommendations also.  When hiring a professional for your remodeling project, word of mouth is very important. Use that tool to your benefit whenever possible.

For some people, it may seem risky to trust the opinions of others, and that is still the case. However, when you combine it with adequate research of their licensing, and comparison shopping, it paints a fairly accurate picture of your potential contractor.

Although it can be quite time consuming finding the right contractor for your remodel, taking the time to do it the right way is absolutely necessary. By following these three easy steps, you are well on your way to finding the right one!

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