If you are a homeowner looking for home improvements, renovation, repair, or any other trade work on your home or property, there are some things to look out for in the contractors you choose to work with. If you are new to improvement, renovation, or repair, chances are that you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Worry not! We have a comprehensive checklist of suggestions to find the most effective, honest, and high-quality contractors to give your home (and you!) the treatment you want.
• Check their reviews/ratings. If the business or sole proprietor has a BBB page, Facebook, Yelp, or any other site that posts reviews and ratings, be sure to read through them and see what potential problems there might be.
• Check if they have been given any awards for their work. If the contractor has been recognized in some way for excellent workmanship, they are a good potential fit for your home improvements and repairs. If they have not, they could still absolutely provide excellent work, you’ll just need to look into the company/contractor in other ways, like customer testimonials.
• Check their state certification. Most contractors will list their certifications on their business website or nested under another site (like Facebook or the BBB). If not, you can call them to ask whether they are state-certified contractors.
• DO NOT use a contractor who is not licensed and insured. This way, you and your home are protected in the event that the contractor does not follow through with contractual obligations, does not complete work, or if a problem occurs with repairs, improvements, or renovations that needs to be taken care of.
• Does the contractor actually provide the services you need for your home? Be sure to double check that the companies you research do the type of work that you need done. If they do not have a list of all of their services, or you are unsure of the services they provide, call them to ask about your specific situation.
• If the company uses subcontractors, be sure to check that their subcontractors adhere to the same standards/have the same certifications, licensure, an are fully insured.
• See if the contractor is a branded company, and whether they have a solid and happy customer base.
• If there are any complaints against the company listed on Yelp, the BBB, or another reviewing site, read through them and decide if you still want to proceed with work from that business.
Home improvements, damage repair, and renovation often take a fair amount of time, so you’ll want to be certain that the folks you choose to give access to your home and who you hire to do a beautiful job will actually do just that. You should seek a contractor who is trustworthy, fair, open to what you want done to your home, and work in an effective and timely manner.
Good luck with the changes to your home!