Taking on a home renovation project is a tough job. It could be as small as refurbishing the kitchen, or as vast as building your own home. Whatever the size and scope of the project, it’s likely you’ll need to hire contractors. Of course, many projects are fairly hands-on and you can get involved. However, some tasks are best left to the professionals. When that’s the case, it’s important that you find the very best people for the job.
There are a lot of options out there, and there are plenty of horror stories too. It’s your job to sort the good from the bad. To get the best out of your project you need a contractor who is fast, efficient, timely and comes in on budget. More importantly, they need great communication skills. That will ensure your project proceeds in the right way. So, how do you find the very best?
Have a plan before you reach out. – It’s really important that you don’t reach out for quotes before you understand the full details. Get as far as possible on your own and understand your own budget and project. When you go to contractors for quotes, you need to be as specific and detailed as possible. That way you’ll get close to the real quote from your builder. There will be no surprises further down the line.
Ask others for references – The contractor world thrives on word of mouth. Whether it’s a locksmith service, a plumber or a roofer, they should all come with great references. Ask your friends and family if they’ve had work done and been pleased with the outcome. If you have friends in the construction industry, then even better.
Interview a few candidates – Don’t always make a decision based on cost. The cheapest isn’t always the best option. Sit down with a few that suit your budget and get a feel for their work ethic. You’re looking for competency and communication here. They should be able to advise you on the best course of action and be professional at all times. After meeting a couple, you’ll know which is right for your project.
Communication is key. – Having conducted plenty of restoration and home projects, we know that communication is vital. From the start, you need a strong connection with your contractors. They need to be able to understand your vision and turn it into a reality. From there, it’s really important that they provide regular updates. They should be open to ideas and alternatives.
Get the contract right – Finally, once you’ve made a decision, get it all down on paper. A good contractor will understand the need for documentation and be happy to draw it up. Make sure the final payment isn’t due until the work is complete. If there are any particular aspects that you want building into the contract, make sure it’s there.
We hope this gives you some direction on choosing the best contractor for your project! Good luck with the build!