Ten Tips on Finding a Contractor
We know finding a quality contractor is hard. We're here for you with some of our top tips for hiring the best man (or woman) for the job. Don't forget to share your experiences below on choosing a contractor.
Build a Relationship
- They spend a lot of time in your home so this is extremely important
- Make sure your goals and ideas are aligned
- Make sure your personalities meld well
- You must get along with them
General or Sub-Contractor?
If you have the time, you can save money by hiring out subs yourself.
- Hire and pay one general contractor
- Work directly with one individual
Find a Contractor Locally
- Online - Google/Bing/Yahoo/Yellow Pages
- Angies List or Service Magic
- Better Business Bureau
- National Kitchen and Bath Association
- Your City's Building Department
- Verify their license on your state's website
- Ask for a proof of their insurance
- Ask for references to contact
- Ask for pictures of previous work
Ask the References
- Would you hire them again?
- Was the job completed on time?
- How clean were they and your home?
- Quality of work on a scale 1-10?
- Would you recommend them?
Narrow Your List
Collect Before Interviewing
- Written Proposal - with a due date
- Line item invoice and labor
- More example projects
- Do you have a similar vision?
- Are you getting along and communicating well?
- Go through the process and details of the project
These things matter because you will be working closely together for long periods of time
The Final Decision
In order of importance:
- Price within your budget
- Quality of work is up to par
- Timeliness is considered
- Cleanliness is guaranteed
- You both get along
Put it in Writing
- Define the timeline and budget
- Project Bid versus Hourly Payment
- Change Order Rules - changes throughout the process
- Warranty of Quality Workmanship
- Job Site Cleanliness