Contractor horror stories are pretty common when it comes to a renovation project. Finding the right contractor is a huge part of your project being successful. If you’re thinking about starting a new renovation project, there are some things you’ll want to check out before you say yes. Use these tips to make sure your contractor is reliable, trustworthy and competent:
Get Recommendations: Friends and Family are your most trusted people in your life. Before you start your search, ask the people close to you for recommendations. Your local building center or home inspector is also a great resource for recommendations.
Confirm Professional Licensing: Making sure your contractor is properly licensed is important. Most states license electrical and plumbing contractors. Verify the contractor by visiting your state’s department of labor and industries. For Washington: click here!
Do a Quick Internet Search: Google is our best friend. Type in your contractors name into your google search and see what comes up. Are there any negative comments? Angie’s List is a great place to see if there are any registered complaints. Also, think about contacting your local consumer protection agency regarding the contractor.
Ask for References: Have you ever thought about checking with the suppliers. They will give the best references! You’ll want to look for both past project and financial references. You’ll want to make sure that their promptness in financials is top notch, as you could be help liable for unpaid bills if your contractors defaults.
Check with a Local Trade Association: Good reputation goes a long way, so making sure your contractor has a good reputation is important. Contact the local trade or homebuilders’ association to see where he stands in the industry.
Verify Insurance Coverage: A major concern could be brought up if your contractor is not properly insured. You could be held liable for injury or damage. To make sure this is not an issue, ask for copies of insurance documents. Contractors should have personal liability, worker’s compensation and property damage coverage.
Evaluate Bids: Before choosing the perfect contractor, make a list of a few that you like. From there, get a bid from each of them and compare them carefully. You’ll want to check the details of material specifications, the terms for payments, and missing line items. Don’t forget to check out the cancellation clause and warranties so you know exactly what you’re getting from your contractor.
By taking the time to follow these steps, it will make your experience with your contractor much easier. Don’t waste your time on someone who isn’t going to be a good fit for you!