Finding a good contractor is the same as finding any other service provider you trust to make your home better. Ask for referrals from people you trust and ask about their satisfaction with the remodeler’s work, prices, availability and punctuality.
What are some ways I can ensure that I’m hiring a reputable contractor?
There are several things you can do to ensure that you’re hiring a reputable contractor: * Visit personal references in person so you can get an honest assessment of whether or not they did high-quality work * Check to see if the contractor is licensed and insured * Make sure the contractor has a good reputation by reading online reviews * Get at least three estimates from contractors and compare prices and services offered * Ask the contractor for a copy of their liability insurance policy * Request to see pictures of past work
By taking these steps, you can be sure that you’re hiring someone who will do quality work on your home remodel.
How do I know what licenses and permits my remodeling contractor should have? Remodeling contractors are required to obtain licenses, permits and insurance depending on the work that needs to be done. For example, if you want your entire house gutted or an addition put onto your home, then a contractor must obtain a permit from the city government before they can begin working. Your state’s licensing board for home improvement can tell you about any additional requirements in your area.
You can also visit your city or town hall to learn more about the permits your contractor will need. Most towns have a website with all the information you need, and most permit offices have staff who are happy to help explain what’s required.
Finally, always ask to see proof of insurance and licenses before hiring a contractor. A reputable contractor should be happy to provide this information. If they refuse, it’s best to move on.
What are some common signs that I’m dealing with a scam remodeling contractor?
There are several red flags you can watch for when considering a remodeling contractor: * The contractor asks for payment in full before starting work * The contractor asks money for materials that will be provided