When you’re looking to add a room, renovate a space, or just looking to take a wall out of your home, it’s important to work with a contractor that knows what they’re doing! We’ve pulled together a few things you should know when hiring a contractor.
Know What You Want
As the client looking to hire a contractor, it is important to know what you want and need! You’re behind the whole process of hiring a contractor that will ultimately fit with what you need in a contractor.
So take the time before looking for a contractor to think over your project.
- What are you looking to have done?
- What does the end result of the project look like?
- What kind of features do you want included in the project?
- Are there specific colors or themes you want worked into the project?
Knowing precisely what you are looking for in regard to your project gives you a strong place to start. This will help you in narrowing your contractor search by allowing you to focus on finding contractors that have the expertise you need!
Like with any big decision, you’ll want to do some research before reaching out to contractors. This way you know a little more about them and what they can do for you. When hiring a contractor, there are a few things you’ll want to research!
- Find out how long they’ve been in business.
- Check for a contractor’s qualifications. This can include checking with a consumer protection agency or seeing if your state has specific licensing laws (not all of them do).
- Look into a contractor’s past work. This can give you a better idea of how this contractor works.
- Find out if a contractor is a generalist or a specialist. Depending on the job you’re considering them for, knowing what a contractor does specifically can help you understand if their abilities are appropriate for your needs.
Ask All The Questions
Asking questions is always important when it comes to hiring a contractor. This can range from asking friends and family about contractors they have worked with in the past during the research phase to asking more specific questions once you’ve pinned down a potential contractor.
Some questions to consider asking when hiring a contractor are:
- What similar projects to mine have you completed this year?
- What insurance do you carry? (Some insurance that contractors should have are personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage.)
- Can I get a list of references?
- How will we resolve potential disagreements?
- What’s the projected timeline for my project?
Questions like these are an easy way for you to learn more about the contractor and to understand more about their working process.
Looking to Connect with a Trusted Contractor?
Now that you know what to keep in mind when hiring a contractor, consider working with us! Here at HRGC, we are a full-service contractor with 25 years experience. We are to help you get started on your next project! Contact us for more information!