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When looking for a contractor online to work on a project for you, you might end up getting discouraged and afraid to hire one. There are too many stories about homeowners having terrible experiences of theft, delayed jobs, or poorly done work that required another repair.
These experiences happen everywhere but it doesn’t make all contractors bad, there are still great and trustworthy contractors out there. But how can you determine if someone is a good contractor or a swindler out for your money? Below is a list of what you should do to ensure you do not only have the best guy for the job but also that you have someone who seems trustworthy.
Do Your Research
There are various options available to get a contractor; you can use an internet search or contact local building association in your area to ask for recommendations. You can also contact your insurance company for help and take advantage of the goodwill the contracting company enjoys.
Ask For Referrals
Asking friends and family members for references for a contractor whose services they used reduces your chance of getting duped. Looking at jobs that a contractor completed in the past for relatives or friends gives you an idea on what to expect in terms of work from the contractor.
Interview A Couple
If you have gotten a few choices, to determine the best man for the job, interview a few. During the interview process ask relevant questions, negotiate prices with each and be sure to read body language.
During the interview or after but before signing the contract, make sure you satisfy all issues that need answers. It makes it easier to accomplish when you have a list of questions drafted before the interview session. Ask questions like:
- What is their association membership?
- How long have they been in business?
- Ask for referrals of recent jobs
- How long would they need to execute your project?
- What would the payment style be?
All these questions and more should be on your list. Do not feel like you are asking too much because it’s your money, and you need to be sure about getting value for the money spent.
Ask To See An Itemized Bid
Asking to see an itemized proposal from all the contractors you interviewed allows you compare prices, items required and to determine your best guy for the job. The bid also gives you a clear idea of how much would be needed to execute the project. The itemized proposal should include information on:
- Labor cost.
- Material cost.
- Work permit fee.
- And other miscellaneous expenses.
On seeing the bid, if the amount is more than what you budgeted for, you can easily adjust the scope of the plan to fit your budget.
Working with the steps detailed in this article would serve as a guide for you when next you need the service of a contractor.