You’ve got a big home improvement project in mind, which you think would be best handled by a professional. Before you sign on that dotted line, take some time to read through this post to see if your chosen contractor meets the criteria.
Identify the project
Clearly identify the home improvement project you want done. Take the time to do your own research on the current range of estimated costs. Writing down the specific things you want the contractor to do also helps particularly during the initial discussion process.
Inquire and get bids from different contractors
Ask your family, friends, and colleagues for their recommendations. Do appropriate background checks with regards to their service to guarantee that they won’t leave you high and dry.
I would recommend that you get estimated bids from at least 4 contractors for the cost and duration of the project. This will allow you to better compare their services and determine if they will be able to deliver within your desired time frame.
Set boundaries for the working hours and job site
Provide the contractor with a set of ground rules that should be followed. If the workers need to have access to your home, require the contractor to provide you with a background check and list of authorized workers assigned to the project.
Get the final project cost
Now that you’ve chosen the contractor for your home improvement project, ask them for a final breakdown of the project cost. In the event that you were charged a proposal bid fee, make sure that this gets deducted from the final cost unless otherwise stated in the proposal bid contract.
Pay attention to the final contract details
As they say, it’s all in the details. Your final contract is binding so be sure that you have read it thoroughly and that all your verbal agreements are written in ink. Don’t be afraid to inform the contractor if you find something written in the contract that is different from what you agreed upon.