Your home is most likely to your most valuable asset, and when considering any home improvement project, protecting this investment should be top priority. You don’t want to be another case study for “home improvement projects gone wrong”! If you are planning for renovating or remodeling your home and facing difficulty in finding the proper contractor, here are some tips to be keep in mind while selecting a contractor for your home improvement project.
You should hire only a home improvement contractor with strong referrals. You should be able to speak with at least 2 references on the phone. If you can meet the reference in person, that’s even better. It does not matter whether they are located your city or in another city in your state. A good general contractor is given projects in many locations, so focus on the quality of the contractor’s work than his location.
How to find a Qualified Contractor: One source for locating a qualified, experienced contractor is from other people who have had similar remodeling work done. When talking with contractors, request references and take the time to check them out. Before finalizing, please check with your local govt. department/service that keeps track records of various contractors, to confirm that there are no pending complaints or legal cases against the general contractor you have chosen. In most cases, you will find nothing of concern, and that means you can proceed with your project.
You can also use online directory for locating a qualified contractor in your area. You can also use contact us (www.americacontractors.us) to submit your project so that we can ask our members/contractors to bid on your project. After reviewing all the bids you can select the most appropriate one.
Depending on the type of project you are planning, you may need to deal with any of the following professional contractors: Architects are designers of homes, buildings, and home improvement remodeling projects. You may want to consult one if your project includes new construction or structural changes.
Questions to ask:
How long have you been contracting? What licenses and certifications do you carry? How many projects have you completed in the last year; what were they, and who were they for? How many years you are working on home improvement projects? “What references do you have? Will there be any subcontractors, and if so what are their credentials? What insurance coverage do you have? What permits are required for my project?”
Also check with the appropriate government office to see whether or not there are any unresolved complaints against the contractor before making your final selection.
Call all references and ask questions such as: Was the project completed on time and were you happy with the results? How well did the contractor communicate with you throughout the project? Were there any cost over-runs?
Also ask if the contractor employee’s were on time, courteous, and whether or not they cleaned up the home improvement site when they were finished?