In recent years, do-it-yourself projects have become quite popular. Everyone want to save money by taking on these projects like home renovation and constructing small additions to your home. Whether you want to install a closet, repair some leaking pipe, or build shelves, there are many things that you may be able to end up doing yourself. But not everything is a DIY project.
In order to find the right contractor, you are not alone. You should not simply go out to the phone book and call whoever has the biggest ad. Instead, it pays to do a bit of research. Spending some extra minutes now in order to find the right contractor is very useful if that saves you having to redo the work because it was poorly done, or worse, getting scammed by them. One place you can look is your local home center, business office, or even home hardware stores. They handle these kinds of projects all the time, and may well know who to recommend. Another place you can look is online, on review sites like Yelp.
If your project requires specific licenses, like for heating, electricity, sewage and so on, make sure your contractor knows the city regulations and has the proper permits. You can contact the local association that handles these types of licenses, and see whether they know about the person or company you want to hire. At the same time, you can also contact your BBB office to know whether there were complaints about this contractor. When you talk to them and it is time for a quote, make sure you get a printed estimate. In fact, if you do not know how much the work should cost, you should get estimates from several contractors. These estimates should be free in most cases.
While the contract is being done, if they start asking for delays or more money, do not give in, and stick to the contract. If the contractor agreed to something, then you should expect them to deliver on what was written down. Remember that the contractor who offers you the lowest price may not be the best choice. It can be hard to know in advance whether you will encounter issues when working with someone, but thankfully if you can get enough references, then you should be safe enough. Still, that does not mean nothing bad will happen.
To ensure everything goes well, make sure payment is done in steps. They may ask for part of it at the start, but insist on wanting to pay them as the work gets done. You can set landmarks where you will pay a certain percentage as the work gets completed. If there is a problem, then you may have to resort to the court system. Before you spend money there however, make sure you give them every opportunity to fix the issue, and then if it is a low enough amount, consider using the small claims court. They are typically much less expensive and faster to render judgment.
Hopefully with these tips you now have what you need to get the best contractor you can for your project, and you will not be left stranded if something bad happens. By following these do’s and don’t, you will ensure that you are both protected, and do everything you can to make sure you select the best possible general contractor you can.
Written by Mikhail Tuknov