Finding the Right Contracting Manager for Home Improvements

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 06 November 2018 15:54

Finding a reliable contractor for upgrading a small or large house can be challenging. Homeowners not only want to keep their project on schedule and budget but also work with a reputable and dependable contractor. You also want a builder who has done projects that are similar to yours before. Here are some of the tips to help homeowners find a reputable home improvement contractor for their next project.


Interview Several Contractors


While it's still possible to find a reliable home contractor online, customer reviews don't substitute for interviewing builders in person. Even if a friend or relative has referred you to a contractor, always give yourself options. Interview several builders to get a sense of how the work will be done. Each builder will probably have a different timeline, budget, approach, and relationship with their subcontractors.


Ask for Estimates


Homeowners should never get into a contractor with a builder without seeing an estimate of the cost of the project. A bidding process might help a homeowner narrow down their option when choosing among several contractors. Besides timeline and budget, talk with the builder about any subcontractor, material, or machine that they might need to bring into the renovation. You also want to know whether the builder has done other projects that are similar to yours before or not. Maybe the contractor is a pro at home additions and not kitchen upgrade.


Find a Contractor Using Reputable Sources


One way to get a reputable service to work with is to ask family members and friends to refer you to an experienced and reliable home improvement contractor. Alternatively, homeowners that aren't sure about what their other options might be or are new to the neighborhood can use online resources. Online recommendations that are reputable will always verify their user reviews. However, make sure each reviewer has experience working with a prospect builder to ensure you have accurate information.


Ask for References


The best way homeowners can narrow down their choice is to ask for references from former employees and subcontractors and previous clients. Homeowners are also interested in knowing how the builder adjusted to changes to the contract, how they handled client's possessions such as AC unit and propane space heater, and whether they could pay everyone on time or not. Of course, no one wants to work with a builder that left a home of a previous client in a total mess.


Ask about Permits and Insurance


A prospect builder will need to have an insurance cover, permits, and licensing before a home improvement project kicks off. You will also want to find out which licensing your state and municipality require and cross-check it with your contractor's permits. Acquiring the required permits will not only add time to a project but also ensure the builder abides by the law.


Conduct a Background Check


The Better Business Bureau has a record of any instance a prospect contractor violated or ran afoul of the law. Homeowners are within their rights to ask if a prospect builder hesitates to disclose their legal issues before getting into a contract. It's better for a homeowner to be safe than regret later.


Draft a Contract


Never start a project until you draft and sign a contract that outlines all home improvement details such as timeline, budget, the responsibilities of subcontractors, and a list of building equipment and materials. You can ask the contractor to provide a new project estimate or sign an addendum if you want to make changes to the contract. Finding a general home improvement contractor can be involving and tedious than finding a handyman for minor repair projects. However, thoroughness is critical anytime a homeowner brings a service pro to their homestead. Following these tips will move your chances of finding a home upgrade pro way up. However, homeowners need to keep communication lines open and check in frequently with the contractor once the project is over.

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Sofia Belnap

Sophia is passionate about writing in the real estate and home improvement spaces. When Sophia is not writing she loves reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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