If you’re in need of a general contractor, you’re not alone. In fact, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, homeowners are spending nearly 60% more on home improvement projects in 2017 than in 2016. But before you hire the first company you find on Google, it’s important to do thorough research. Here are three simple steps for finding the right general contractor for your home renovation needs.
- Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations:
Before you take to the Internet with your search, start by asking around to your friends, family members, neighbors, and/or coworkers about suggestions for home remodeling contractors. If you know of someone who has recently had a bathroom or kitchen remodeling job performed on their home, even better. But make sure you ask enough people to generate at least a small list of potential contractors for the job.
- Phone Interviews:
Once you’ve compiled a decent-sized list, pick up the phone with your project details. This is your chance to get a first impression and ask any questions about your renovation needs. It’s important to ask questions like, “Can you give me a list of your previous clients as a reference?” and “How many other projects do you normally have going on at the same time?” Asking questions like these allows you to gauge the company’s professionalism as a whole and ensures that you’re at least somewhat compatible.
- Face-To-Face Meetings:
Once you’ve eliminated the home improvement contractors you know won’t be a good fit, you should be left with just a few potential companies. This is your chance to set up a face-to-face meeting with each contractor to further discuss the more technical details of your project requirements. This is also your chance to get a first impression and pick up on any possible red flags. This Old House recommends checking with your state’s consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau to make sure they don’t have any past disputes or legal issues.
Ultimately, by taking these simple steps, you should be able to come to a sound decision regarding your general contractor. Always follow your gut instinct and do as much research as you need to feel comfortable. To learn about Harford County contractors, contact Kris Konstruction.