It’s finally time to tackle that big home improvement project you’ve always wanted to do. Or, you might have waited so long, now you need to do the project. Which leads to your first question – “Where do I start?”. The truth is some jobs are simply too big, too complicated, or require too much time to handle on your own. You’ll likely need an expert.
A contractor, or subcontractor, can be your ‘knight in shining armor’ when it comes to completing your project. But, wait… you might encounter the wrong contractor that you’re starting to think if the Home projects will be done properly and professionally. But statistics show that the huge majority of contractors out there are honest, hard-working professionals. Most people are happy with any improvement project they undertake.
Here are some standard tips you can follow to make sure your Home improvements go well:
• Got License? Most states require that a contractor have a license to operate in that state. Once you find a contractor, check to see if he or she has a local contracting license to do the job.
• Check References – get at least three references from satisfied clients. And if you want to get really fanatical, go to the contractor’s current job site. See if the site is messy. Are the workers taking care of the property?
• Get Bids – if you have the luxury, get multiple bids from several contractors. Don’t always assume that the lowest bid is the best because that contractor may be desperate for work or might cut corners on the job. But if you get a contractor’s from several sources, you could get a really great deal.
• Get it in Writing – the days of the “handshake deal” are far behind us. Get a detailed contract together and throw everything in details.
The more you clarify, the fewer headaches you’ll have if things go wrong.
• Do You Take a Check? Don’t ever pay in cash. Can you say, “Proof of payment”? I thought you could, Keep logs of all payments (for example – 10% down, 20% by one date, another 20% by another date, final payment when work is complete) and pay with check or credit card only.
For more information about hiring a contractor, please call the Gillespie Handyman Services or visit www.gillespiehandyman.com.
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