If you’re a real estate investor or simply a homeowner with dreams of home renovation, the last thing you want to deal with is a bad contractor.
It’s important to have qualified experts on your side, so how can you make sure you’re hiring the best contractors for the job? Take a minute to read the step-by-step guide below. Following these simple steps will help you rest easy knowing you’ve hired a team you can depend on.
Step 1: Make a List
Before turning to Google to search for a contractor, ask friends, family members, and colleagues for recommendations. If you don’t get very many suggestions, go ahead and turn to the Internet for help.
As you create your list, check each candidate for reviews and/or testimonials. Don’t be surprised if you find a negative review or two, as it’s impossible to please everyone all the time. Keep in mind, also, that most people won’t go out of their way to post positive reviews, but they will do so to spread the word about any negative experience they’ve had.
Step 2: Begin Calling the Contractors on Your List
Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a select few recommendations and/or Google results, go ahead and begin calling the contractors. Ask important questions about their qualifications and experience, as well as whether they are licensed and insured or not. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, too.
Step 3: Schedule In-Person Consultations
This step is important, so don’t just hire someone based on a hunch. Schedule an in-person interview with each of the contractors you think you might want to work with. This accomplishes two things:
- It allows you to meet the person and get a feel for whether the two of you will be able to work together or not.
- It gives the contractor a better idea of what the work will entail. He or she will be able to provide a more accurate estimate as well.
Step 4: Hiring a General Contractor
If you’d rather not spend a great deal of time yourself interviewing and hiring each expert necessary to get the job done, you can hire a general contractor who will oversee the project and hire subcontractors as needed. Special attention should be paid when hiring a general contractor or project manager, however, because this person will oversee the entire project and have the freedom to make decisions on your behalf. It’s important to find someone you work well with so you can trust he or she will hire dependable subcontractors.
Step 5: Be There but Don’t Hover
Once you’ve assembled your team of dependable contractors and everyone’s on the same page, make sure you’re available and check in periodically, but don’t micromanage or hover over anyone’s shoulder. The whole reason you assembled this team is so you can relax knowing everything is going as planned.
If you’re planning a home renovation, it’s nice to have a team of contractors you can depend on. Use the steps outlined above to ensure the people you hire are the best for the job.