Hiring a contractor for your next home project requires research, analysis, and diligence on the part of the homeowner. The following items should be considered when hiring a contractor:
Get at least three written estimates from contractors. Expect to see variances in quoted prices and ask for a breakdown of the costs.
Get references from the contractor. Talking with past clients will reveal positive (and negative) experiences with the contractor. Visit the work done for past clients to personally understand a contractor’s craftsmanship.
Get everything in writing. Document what work is to be done, when it will be completed, and how changes will be facilitated.
Ensure proper licensing and insurance.
Minimize your down payment. Contractors typically require a down payment because they incur a cost to purchase materials. Keeping that in mind, don’t overpay your down payment.
Ensure that the contractor will clean up daily. When the contractor has finished for the day, make sure they clean up after their work.
Final payment upon satisfaction. Pay the final amount due once you are satisfied with the work completed.