As more home owners tackle improvement projects on their own, sometimes the smartest move is to hire a professional who’s capable of lifting the heavy burden from you. Fortunately, the Coldwell Banker Concierge program provides qualified, local vendors who have been screened to save you the headache of searching. If you find yourself needing an expert, here are some tips for hiring a contractor and ensuring the project goes smoothly.
- Referrals: Asking people you trust for contractor recommendations can ease your stress right from the beginning. Finding out specifics regarding cost, quality of work, and meeting deadlines from a credible source will allow for fewer surprises down the road.
- Research: Just because a friend or neighbor recommended the contractor they used, doesn’t mean that person is the right fit for your job. Learn more about the project you are trying to accomplish and focus on professionals that have experience in your style of home.
- Interview: Once you have found multiple contractors who are capable of completing the job, interview each individual based on their experience and knowledge in the field. Asking questions regarding similar past projects, necessary permits, and projected length of the job can eliminate any concerns regarding their credibility.
- Get Quotes: After you’ve interviewed several contractors, ask the remaining professionals to provide a quote for the project. The estimate should contain specific items and costs associated with major tasks such as the price of materials and approximate number of labor hours. Keep in mind that the lowest option may not always be the best pick.
- Detailed contract: When a contractor has been selected, the terms should be compiled into a legally binding contract. The document serves as an expectation to include details such as payment schedule and specific materials being used. Having a signed contract provides protection for both parties in the event changes are made to the original project terms.