There’s no doubt that there are some home improvement projects that require the skills of a professional, but how do you find that professional? Do you just read Google reviews and pick one at random? No, that’s not a good strategy.
Instead, you need to ask around, interview contractors on the phone and in person, get references and check them, check licensing, verify there are no complaints lodged against the contractor, and that’s all before you get quotes. Choosing a contractor for a home improvement or remodel can be daunting, but it’s well worth it if you want the job done right the first time, on schedule, and on budget (or as close to it as can be managed). Here’s your step-by-step guide to finding a contractor for your next home renovation.
Get Recommendations from the Right Places
The right contractor for your home improvement will be one who specializes in doing the kind of jobs you want done. If you don’t know anyone who has recently had similar work done to their own home, and don’t have any family or friends in the home remodeling industry, you’ll have to think outside the box to get recommendations. Start with your local independently owned hardware store. They usually know who the most reputable contractors in town are, because they deal with them regularly.
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Home repairs and upgrades (especially if you’re looking at an entire home remodel) are a huge investment. Other than the most minor repairs, it’s rare to finish a project for less than a few thousand dollars, and you’ll usually pay much more. It is important that you find the right contractor to finish the work so you know that the hard-earned money you are paying will give you the results you want. Nothing would be worse than plunking down 10 grand only to see the work crumbling in a few months or — worse — to not have the contractor finish the work at all.
Nightmare stories abound about homeowners getting cheated by unethical contractors. More cheerful thoughts result from looking at the best home remodeling San Diego has to offer. Either way, here are some following tips for your next remodeling project:
Read Online Reviews
You can find out a lot about a company or contractor by what previous customers have to say. If the contractor has a history of performing shoddy work or cheating people, you can be sure that people are going to want to tell others about it. Look at sites like Angie’s List or Yelp to find out what people have to say about the contractor. Actually read the reviews instead of just skimming the star rating so you can see what people liked or didn’t like about the contractor.
Also check the Better Business Bureau to see if any formal complaints have been filed about the contractor. If the person doesn’t have a profile on the BBB and you can’t find any online reviews, that’s a red flag to stay away. Some individuals work as contractors, and they may do great work. But if you have no recourse to report them or write a review about them, they don’t have as much to fear by performing poor quality work.