So, you've realized there's a repair that needs to be done in your home, or maybe you're planning a renovation to take your living space to the next level. You've sat down and planned out all the particulars, and you're beginning to see that the project will require the services of a contractor. The process of hiring a contractor can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time carrying out a major renovation project. Here are some tips to help you determine whether a contractor is right for the job:
- Get recommendations from trusted sources. If a friend or family member recently completed a renovation project with a contractor and have nothing but good things to say about them, that can be a good place to start. You can also take advantage of the list of members in your area on the website of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). NARI is a trade organization that requires its members to undergo a rigorous screening process and follow an industry code of ethics.
- Conduct thorough interviews. If you've ever been a hiring manager, this step should come naturally to you. If not, just think of it as an opportunity to gather as much information as possible in order to find the best fit for the job. Talk through things like the size of the project, your budget, your ideal start and completion dates, and the contractor's scheduling availability. You can also ask for previous clients' contact information in order to consult them as references.
- Don't go with the lowest bid. If one contractor is offering to perform the same services for significantly less pay than any others, this could be a sign that they plan to use cheaper materials or do shoddy work to make up for the price difference.
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