6 Things To Keep In Mind When Hiring A Contractor
Hiring a contractor can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least! It’s bad enough you have to have your home worked on....then you have to go through the process of finding a contractor that can complete the repair for you! Listed below are 6 things to keep in mind when hiring a contractor for your next home project.
- Get More Than One Opinion: We always recommend that you meet with more than one contractor before moving forward with a project. It gives you the opportunity to review all of the information they present from your inspections, and pick which one feels best to you.
- Find Out What Products They Use: A good price on a project is one thing...but is it because they are using sub-par products to complete your repair? Make sure they use quality products that will stand the test of time. (We proudly use American-made 🇺🇸 steel products from ECP.)
- Check Their 3rd Party Reviews: Thanks to the power of the internet, you can do A LOT of homework on a company. Sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook can give you great information! (Tip for Yelp...make sure you scroll to the bottom and click the “other reviews that are not currently recommended”. In our case, we have 34 more awesome reviews you can check out!)
- Make Sure They Are Licensed: Ask the contractor for their State License number, and log onto http://www.cslb.ca.gov/. There you can make sure their license is valid, AND see exactly what services they are licensed for!
- Check Out Their Better Business Bureau Rating: You can log onto https://www.bbb.org/ and check out the contractors rating. You will be able to see if they have had any complaints towards them, and see if they have been resolved.
- Look Over Your Contract: No work should be initiated unless there is a signed contract! This is a biggie! Make sure you have a clear understanding of the scope of work being performed, payments, permit and engineering requirements, warranty, and debris removal. And if there is any work or “things discussed” that are not listed in the contract, you should count on it not being done.
We hope these tips help you navigate your way through hiring a contractor for your next home project!