One of the primary reasons homeowners drag their feet about making remodeling improvements is because of how intimidating the process of hiring the right contractor for the job can be. There is much reason for concern, since it is not easy to invest your hard-earned money into hiring someone that may be overcharging you or may not have a lot of experience. Here are some things you can check before making the decision that will help to ease your mind.
Get References from Multiple Sources
Online reviews might be accurate, but there is really no way to know if they are 100 percent of the time. Try to find references from a variety of sources, such as the contractor’s website, looking at online reviews or checking a reputable site such as the Better Business Bureau. A good home improvement specialist must go through extensive training in order to receive a contractor license, so another way you can validate his or her credentials is to check your state’s licensing website to ensure their certification is up to date.
Get Multiple Bids
Ask for bids from multiple individuals, rather than receiving a bid from a single contractor that you believe is good for the job. Not only will this ensure that you are receiving the best price for the work, but it should help to ease your mind if each bid that comes in is in close proximity to the others. If a contractor offers a significantly lower bid, while it might seem to be the best choice to hire them for the job, it could also be a red flag that they are willing to work for much less than the others.
After you have received a quote for the cost of materials, consult with multiple building suppliers to ensure you are being treated fairly. Try to remember that the contractor might add mark-ups to many of the materials because it is not uncommon for them to have to purchase more supplies during the project, and they will try to factor in the additional cost into the original bid so they will not have to ask you for more money in the middle of the project.