Common Signs for Good and Bad Contractor in Barrhaven, Ottawa
April 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Gillespie Handyman Services Inc.
home improvement service

Most homeowners have home improvements to do, at any given time. It can be done alone or hire a professional to do it for you. Considering the type of work that needs to be done, determines the kind of contractor to bring in. A contractor that has a lot of experience is a must; when hiring help for your home improvement project. There are many ways to find the right contractor for your Home Improvements. You can search online, or ask for suggestions from friends or someone you know. If you think a renovation or remodeling job is expensive, imagine having to pay for it twice! Do your homework and you’ll avoid being a horror story.

THERE ARE SIGNS A CONTRACTOR MIGHT NOT BE YOUR BEST CHOICE:

• If your contractor doesn’t want to show you his or her license. Or won’t give you references. Or you two don’t get along. Keep in mind: this person will be in your home, working side-by-side with you, for the duration of the job – you’d better get along!

• Your contractor wants you to pay for the entire project… up front. Run for the hills. Though a deposit is considered normal, and possible progress payments as the job progresses, paying for a job entirely up front is a deal breaker.

• Your contractor doesn’t have a business address, a business card, and it looks like the contractor sleeps in his or her pickup truck. Run really fast for those hills.

NOW YOU KNOW SOME OF THE WARNING SIGNS. HERE ARE SOME SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE FOUND A REALLY GOOD CONTRACTOR:

• The contractor has at least 10 -15 years experience. It shows they can manage their business and complete their projects.

• The contractor has insurance. Liability and worker’s compensation are the most important types of coverage to make sure everyone is covered. And should be easily share with a customer to make sure they are covered.

• The contractor has more than references – they have tons of photos showing past work projects that have been completed.

• The contractor provides cost breakdowns for the job. These breakdowns show specific details of what the project will cost to complete.

• The contractor is flexible. Communicate all your requirements and specifications for the project. Whether you two decide that you want to supervise the work or you want to let the contractor make all the decisions, your contractor will be flexible enough to work with you.

Now you’re ready to hire a professional to help get your home or business improvement project off the ground. One of the best ways to protect yourself is the act of due diligence.

For more information about hiring a contractor, please call Gillespie Handyman Services or visit www.gillespiehandyman.com.

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