Most homeowners agree that undergoing any type of home improvement project can be a hassle. However, the best investment you can make for your home is hiring the most professional and experienced general contractor you can find. It’s always faster to dial the first number you find online, but taking the time to find a contractor with your needs in mind will result in higher quality results. Here are a few mistakes to avoid during your search for a general contractor.
Not Checking References
As is the case with many professional workers, all reputable general contractors should feel comfortable and be willing to provide multiple references. Many businesses have testimonials and reviews listed on their web and social media pages, but it never hurts to request physical documentation. Make sure to focus on the essential information, such as the quality of work performed, the demeanor of the contractor, availability and reliability, and pricing. If you can get in touch with one particular homeowner, try asking about the difference between the original quoted price of the project and the final cost. If it’s abnormally large, it may be a red flag.
Not Asking About Past Experience With Similar Work
It’s no secret that no two general contractors are exactly alike or have the same experience. That’s why it’s important to make sure the general contractor you’re working with has a track record of completing projects that are similar to yours. You wouldn’t want to hire a contractor for a bathroom remodeling job if their main area of expertise is siding installation. Of course, some home improvement contractors do cover a wide range of services, but make sure they have sufficient experience in your project area.
Not Understanding What You Sign
Finally, it’s critical to make sure you understand all contracts and agreements you sign. Any professional general contractor should have no problem taking the time to answer any and all questions you may have. Skipping this step of the process can cause serious problems when it comes to the large or small details, such as project scheduling, material costs, and more. Similarly, if each and every detail isn’t laid out and you feel as though there are issues to be addressed that are not stated in the contract, always address them prior to finalizing any contracts.
Ultimately, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, homeowners are spending nearly 60% more on home remodeling projects in 2017 than in 2016. Avoiding these mistakes is the best way to ensure the best results for your home improvement project.