Tips And Advice If You Need To Hire A Contractor


Do you need a contractor to do a home repair or remodeling? Don’t know where to begin?  According to the National Association of Home Builders –NAHB_Ohio spend about 4,969 million dollars in home improvements or over $1600 per home repairs in 2014. Hiring a contractor has never been easier, the TV commercials advertise.  But getting a good, trustworthy company or contractor to come into your home is not an easy matter. Getting a company with a national recognized brand does not mean you get that company.  They usually have franchisees that are independently owned from the national one,  and their warranties do not cover the work they do in your home.  The term “Shop Locally” has never been more apt than in this case. Hiring a local company with a long history in the region, and checking their credentials with the BBB is one step to ensure the repairs done in your home are done correctly and guaranteed by such company.

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Top 8 Pro Tips on How to Hire a Contractor

Get Recommendations

Start with your friends and family and then check in with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a list of members in your area. You can also talk with a building inspector, who’ll know which contractors routinely meet code requirements, says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva, or pay a visit to your local lumberyard, which sees contractors regularly and knows which ones buy quality materials and pay their bills on time.

Do Phone Interviews

Once you’ve assembled a list, Tom recommends that you make a quick call to each of your prospects and ask them the following questions:

• Do they take on projects of your size?

• Are they willing to provide financial references, from suppliers or banks?

What To Look For When Hiring A Contractor For Home Renovations

Home Renovations & Hiring a Contractor

When it comes to home renovations and hiring a contractor, there are a handful of responsibilities on your plate. Homeowners trust contractors to come and go as they please as they work on their homes, emphasizing the importance of working with a responsible, trustworthy, licensed, and insured contractor. We understand that you just want to break ground and get the project started already, which is why we have gathered important information for interviewing contractors.

Picking The Right Contractor For Your Home Renovations:

  • Do not make the mistake of only interviewing one contractor. A safe rule of thumb is to interview at least three contractors and receive quotes from each before making your final decision. This will help you find the right contractor for the job.

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Contractor

Know what to ask before putting money into a home renovation.

It’s spring, which means for many of us, it feels like it’s time for some remodeling—perhaps a sprucing up of the kitchen or an upgrade on the bathroom. We’re not alone with our desire to renovate—homeowners who have put off small projects are now feeling more confident about the economy and beginning to spend more freely.

The industry is also starting to benefit from the rehabilitation of foreclosed properties (we’re on track for aprojected 1.2 million foreclosures this year alone—a record high). As a result, spending on remodeling could rise 4 to 6 percent this year, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

But before you jump on the renovation bandwagon, here are a few things you need to know about choosing a contractor.

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