Home repair contractors: what to look for
If you have become a homeowner recently, you probably haven’t found a home repair contractor yet. If you are lucky enough, you haven’t had any problems that required fixing, but sooner or later, something will break, and then you will need the phone number of a trustworthy home repair contractor at hand. In this article, we are giving you some advice about what to do when trying to find a reliable contractor.
One thing you should keep in mind when doing this is that the price is not the most important factor. When hiring a contractor that you haven’t met before for the first time, it is best to do some research, to avoid having an unpleasant experience.
The first thing we are going to talk about is how to make a research and make a list with possible contractors. After that, we are going to teach you how to screen that list in order to choose the perfect contractor.
You can make a list with possible contractors either by asking for advice from neighbors, friend and family or by searching online or going to sources like the Yellow Pages or newspapers. However, we recommend the first option, because it increases your odds to get genuine information. If your friends or neighbors have had great experiences with their home repair contractors, chances are you will too.
After creating the list with possible contractors, there are a few things that you can do too choose the ideal contractor for your repair work. One thing you could do is verify their background by going on sites like Yelp or the Better Business Bureau site, where you can find their feedback score, complaints and opinions from former customers. Also, if a certain contractor does not have insurance coverage, you can consider that a major deal breaker, because if they damage a part of your property, you will have to pay for that damage.
Other things you can do are: verifying if they have all the licences and permits they need, checking if their employees have past criminal records, checking for bankruptcy, getting in touch with their former clients and asking for opinions, checking their past projects and asking and comparing their bids.