Tips to consider when choosing a contractor for your remodeling project, these simple steps can mean the difference between your dream home, or a house of horror.
• Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth, without a doubt, is the best way to find a qualified expert to tackle the job. Ask family, friends and neighbors whom they've had good experiences with. What made it a positive experience, how they handled any problems and whether they would use the same contractor again?
• Look at Credentials
Do some research; start with a phone call or a visit to the contractor's website. Find out whether they have all the required licenses from state and local municipalities. Be aware, however, that not all certifications are created equal. Do some homework and find out the requirements.
• Check References
Ask to see some of the contractors' projects. Request references and call their customers to check up on them. Ask how the contractors did at executing the projects. Were they on time and on budget? Were the customers pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?