Hiring a Contractor


It is a common practice to engage professional contractors in your home improvement project and the contractor can make the project a wonderful experience or a nightmare. There are various factors to put into consideration when going into agreements with a professional contractor.

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It is generally accepted that when you are looking for a contractor, ask friends, family members for referrals to qualified and good contractors. You can also get information from local home improvement stores or neighbours who may have had done some remodeling on their own homes. It is likely that those that are satisfied with the contractor’s work will have someone to introduce to you.

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You can equally verify the credentials of a contractor before you hire them. It will be good if they are linked or registered with the Better Business Bureau or are members of any Contractor Union or Associations. You can get answers that relate to how long the contractor has been in business, if they are licensed and qualified, and if they have insurance cover.

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You will need to also confirm that the contractor will provide a guarantee for the job he will execute for you. It is better to enter into written agreements with them and have all the details of the work to be done clearly spelt out in black and white. This agreement should also include the materials to be used and cost estimates for the project.

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Checking the references of the contractor is a must-do. It will be good to get feedback from previous clients and customers about the contractor and his performance. This will enable you make an informed decision about a contractor.

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You can also assess the contractor with other parameters such as whether his contracts are professionally executed, does he keep working schedule and appointments, is he courteous when you talk to him and does he return phone calls, are you comfortable with his personality, is he genuinely interested in the project?

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Before you select the contractor, inspect the work area with him and discuss the project, ask questions and ask for suggestions and let him explain the plan he has for the project. You can then ask for cost estimates or quotes from different contractors. The ones that are not too high or low can be considered.

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Before finally signing the agreement, you need to review it again and ensure that it covers the entire scope of the work. Be sure that the estimates include costs for cleanup of the site and recheck the time frame for completion of the work.

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If you are satisfied with the contract, you can sign and let the work commence as soon as possible.

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For more information on finding a professional construction contractor for your residential or commercial construction or renovation project, view the online directory list of local contractors at www.ContractorRegistry.com.

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