There are numerous ways to hire a bad home improvement contractor that will either do the job poorly or the material he uses will be bad and you might have problems in the future. There are several steps you can take to make sure you hire a good contractor that will do his job properly.
First of all you should meet with a contractor and talk with him about the job he will have to do. From the conversation you can see whether he knows what to do and how to do it. Check whether he has any experience in doing that specific work and keep the contact with him at all times.
Don’t go with the contractor that will do the job for the least money. More money more than often means that the work will be done more properly and the materials that will be used will be of higher quality. Always demand the list of materials and their price. Some contractors will use materials of lower quality in order to lower the price of the overall project. Middle-range price is probably the best choice.
Always check whether the contractor has any credentials. They can be in the form of abbreviations behind the name of the contractor or their company. Those abbreviations may represent certificates from major company with which the contractor is affiliated with. Such contractors must work along the list of ethics and rules set by that company and that affiliation will have a positive effect on the quality of the contractor. Always double-check the credentials because some contractors may add some nonexistent abbreviations in order to attract customers.
Don’t rely on oral contracts. If you want to hire a home improvement contractor check whether they will enter into the written contract with you. If they refuse to do that then don’t hire them. Written contract should contain all information about the work the contractor is going to do including the price and time in which he will finish the project.
If you don’t have big enough budget to complete the project in time, check whether the contractor is willing to break the work in several stages. Total cost of the project will be a bit higher, but the number of stages means that you will have enough time to get money for each of them.
The contractor is responsible for gathering all permits for the project, but that doesn’t mean that you can relax. Take some time and check all permits to prevent increased costs of the improvement due to expired papers or similar things.
Prepare for the project before you hire the contractor. Once you sign the contract and the contractor starts his work all the changes you decided on will cost extra money. So, before the contractor starts you should already know the materials you want, colors of everything and all other similar details.
Good contractor will do his job in allotted time and according to allotted budget and there will be no extra costs, so make sure you hire that kind of home improvement contractor.