A home remodeling company will have your home in their hands, so it’s extremely important to be sure that you have chosen a great contractor. Since you don’t necessarily know how home improvement projects should be done, how will you know you have hired the right contractor for the job?
Think of it like this. You wouldn’t hire an employee without checking their employment history and references, would you? Hiring a contractor to work in your home is basically the same thing. You need to know what work the contractor did in the past, what the results were, and if the customer was happy with the result.
If you aren’t familiar with the hiring process or have never chosen a contractor before, don’t worry. Here are some tips to help you choose the best contractor for your needs.
- Check for Recommendations – Begin by compiling a list of available contractors in your area. The way you begin to narrow down the list of candidates is by getting recommendations from friends, online searches and reviews, and social media. Be wary of any contractor who is not easy to contact or who is not willing to show examples of past work.
- Compare Portfolios – Ask each contractor for before and after photos of projects they have completed recently. It would also be helpful to see any blueprints, sketches, or plans that the contractor used to complete the work. If the work you see in the photos isn’t what you are looking for or isn’t up to your standards, remove that contractor from your list.
- Look for Licensing and Certifications – Ask the contractors about their certifications. Eliminate contractors that aren’t legally qualified to do the work.
- Inspect Finished Work – If you can, visit sites where contractors completed a job. Check if the finished work is up to your standards.
- Ask for Bids – The contractors you are interested in should submit bids including their project timelines, materials, and costs. You can choose a contractor based on the best bid for your project and needs.
Home remodel experts like those at Utah Home Remodel will not pressure you to sign a contract or to accept a bid. You should take your time reviewing all the information you can get so that you can make an informed decision. Feel free to contact us with questions or to get more information about pricing.