Sometimes when you want to do some home improvement you can’t do it by yourself and you have to hire a contractor. Choosing the right contractor is as important as knowing how to do things yourself because if you get the wrong one you may end up with a botched job and this means you have spent money for nothing.
Although it might be a general topic, here is a list of tips and tricks to find the right contractor.
- When you want to learn to do DIY you can learn a bit of everything, but when you want to hire a contractor you don’t want him to know a lot of stuff, you want him to be good just to whatever you want improved. So, when you see a handyman advertising himself as well-rounded or saying he can do almost anything, you’d better hire somebody else who is an expert at whatever you want to do.
- Ask for feedbacks to previous customers. If he is a local contractor, it won’t be difficult to know somebody who has used him before or you can just ask him directly. If he is reluctant to tell you about his previous customers that’s a strong warning. If you found him over the internet, it’s easy to look for previous feedbacks. Do it and act accordingly.
- Ask for several of them and then decide. You don’t need to hire the first one you meet. It is much better to ask different ones and then decide. Sometimes you’ll be surprised with the big differences in the price and knowledge.
- Be wary of those asking for up-front money. Sometimes you need to pay some money up-front because of the materials needed. If that is the case, offer yourself to buy the materials so that you don’t have to pay him anything beforehand. If he refuses, something fishy was going on.
- Ask for his experience on the field you want him to work at. Sometimes you can hire a good contractor who has worked a lot in some field but he doesn’t have much experience in the one you want him to work.
- If you have asked for a lot of quotations and there is one that stands out as very cheap, don’t even think about it. When you have asked for let’s say 4 or 5 and they are all more or less in the same price range but one, there is a reason. And you don’t want to learn the reason in the hard way.
- Ask for full-job quotations instead of per-hour payments. When somebody is paid per hours is likely to take a long time for doing the job. If they say they don’t know how much time they are going to take, that’s odd. If he is an expert in the field and he has done it a lot of times, he should know how much it takes to do a given task, or at least an average.