Getting it Right when Looking for a Contractor

It might be hard to believe, but in most states, the largest consumer complaint category with the state’s attorney general’s office is by homeowners who are dissatisfied with a contractor they’ve hired. In general, hiring a contractor should make your life easier. Unfortunately, the number of people who are unhappy with their contractors is growing fast. 

So, knowing how to find the right contractor is key to ensuring your satisfaction when all is said and done. First, you need to find contractors in your area. Then, you can narrow the list down to the right one. Here’s how. 

Locating Contractors in Your Area

When searching for contractors in your area, follow the three steps below. 

Step 1. Ask for Recommendations. 

If you know of anyone who’s had work done recently in or around their home, ask about their experience with the contractor and whether they would recommend him to others. Word-of-mouth is the best way to find a good contractor because you already know he did a great job for someone you know. 

Step 2. Turn to the Yellow Pages

If no one can recommend a contractor to you, your next option is to look in the Yellow Pages for contractors in your area. Make a list and call them. Schedule a consultation, ask questions, check references, gauge them, and decide which one is right for the job. 

Step 3. Look Online

There are several websites online that can help you find a reputable contractor in your area. Check out the National Association of Remodeling Industry and Zillow, both of which have lists of certified contractors along with helpful guidelines and information to help you choose the right one. 

Making the Right Choice in Contractor

Once you’ve nailed your list down to a few contractors, take some time to do a little research into each. Not only should you ask for references, but you should also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no complaints filed against them. Also, find out if the contractors you’ve chosen are bonded and insured as this is important if anyone gets hurt or something gets damaged while the contractor is working in your home. 

Ultimately, you want to choose a contractor who not only offers a great price, but who is also highly skilled, personable, and easy to get along with. Don’t base your decision solely on price alone as you could end up a dissatisfied homeowner statistic at the attorney general’s office.