Adding a room, renovating a kitchen, or doing repairs? Finding a good contractor is important — a home improvement project gone wrong can cost you. A good ad isn’t proof a contractor does quality work. Find out for yourself. Check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers who’ve had improvement work done, and check out a contractor’s reputation on online rating sites you trust. Get written estimates from several firms, keeping in mind the lowest bidder may not be the best choice. Also important: know the signs of a scam.
Do Your Research
Check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers who’ve used a contractor
Look at sites you trust that post ratings and reviews
Find out how long they’ve been in business
Check for qualifications, like licensing
Before You Hire a Contractor
Once you’ve narrowed your options, get written estimates from several firms. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Ask for an explanation to see if there’s a reason for the difference in price.
How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year?
Will my project require a permit?
May I have a list of references?
What types of insurance do you carry?
Contractors should have:
property damage coverage
Ask for copies of insurance certificates, and make sure they’re current, or you could be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project.