What to Look For in a Home Improvement Contractor
Home improvement work can be very simple or quite involved. Either way, work is being done on one of your most expensive assets; mistakes can be costly and cause stress. But consumers can prevent a large amount of trouble by doing their "homework" before the work starts.
Decide on exactly what you need or want to have done. Be able to communicate it clearly. If you have photos of similar work, use them. You will have a much better chance of getting what you want.
- If the size of the project is large, you may need to speak with an architect. But don't wait until the last minute to bring in your home improvement contractor as well. Having the contractor and architect working together from the beginning will alleviate many potential problems.
Choose contractors to interview. Select your contractor carefully. Most dependable, good contractors get plenty of work through referrals from satisfied customers, so speaking to other homeowners is the most important first step. Flashy advertising doesn't guarantee quality work. Talk to friends, neighbors and relatives who recently had remodeling work done and ask about the price, quality and dependability of the work. Online referral services can help at the start, but you must still carefully interview each candidate and check their references. Town building officials may be able to steer you away from problem contractors.
Content Last Modified on 6/10/2014 4:13:37 PM