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What to Look for: Hiring Contractors

Mar 7, 2017 6:55:40 AM

It can be tough deciding which contractor to go with. We've provided a brief list of tips to help.

Contractors are a reliable way to make repairs and improvements on your home, either in preparation for a sale or just as a means of making your living space a little nicer. You can likely find a large number in your area, but it can be tough deciding which one to go with. We’ve provided a brief list of tips to help on that front.

  • Make sure they handle what you need. Some contractors specialize in plumbing or electrical services. Others offer a wide array of services. Make sure you approach contractors who can do the job you need.
  • Look for credentials. A friend’s recommendation can mean a lot, but you should also look for sites like Yelp to see what previous customers have to say about them, as well as looking for certification from organizations like the Better Business Bureau.
  • Shop around. Assemble a list of qualified potential contractors and speak to them at length. Get a feel for how they operate and approach your project, as well as quoting prices for your operation. Make sure you have specific price quotes in writing before you move.
  • Make the decision based on your best judgement. Remember that the lowest bid may not be the best bid, and be ready to pay a little more for a more reliable and professional service.

Topics: Advice, Repairs