So you’re looking to do some renovations — this can be an exciting time in a homeowner’s life. Adding something new or improving an existing feature can bring a lot of joy and value to your house. But what if the project you want to do is a little beyond the scope of your skill set? For those who are not a do-it-yourself wizard, you may have to hire a contractor to do part of the project or maybe the entire thing. Either way, this causes a little bit more stress and anxiety to the situation because you’re bringing in someone to help realize your reno dream.
So how do you choose the right one?
Guidelines for working in and around your home. If you don’t want the workers showing up before a certain time, staying past a certain hour, using your bathroom or you need to have the project finished by a specific date, tell the contractor before you hire him.
Have yourself and your house prepped. Do you need to clear a room so it can be painted or remove a fence to deliver specific equipment Contractors will set all of those expectations in writing so if you need to take everything off the walls and make arrangements for your pets, you will know.
See some of their work. Checking a sample of their work lets you see the quality of their work, the designs they came up with and how creative they are. Looking at a contractor’s past projects also lets you see the variety of work the company has performed.
Hire locally. Area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and safe bets for projects. If they didn’t do good work in your community, they wouldn’t still be around. These companies are involved in the community, the workers are probably local, and if problems arise, a local contractor is going to be all over it.