Tips on Hiring a Contractor

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Are you thinking of renovating a bathroom or knocking off a wall to make your kitchen look bigger? Stop using your expertise and go hire a general contractor. But is finding a general contractor this easy? It isn’t a cakewalk! In fact it is one of the toughest jobs. It’s very difficult to find a general contractor who can literally take in your ideas from your mind to theirs and then make your paradise the way you want it to look. Even by the end of the day if you find one, can you weed out the good and the bad one? Here is what you need to do!

1. Determine if you even need a contractor or not!

Depending upon your project, you first need to figure out if you need a contractor or only a handy person who can fix a screw here and repair leakage there will do. Another thing you need to keep in mind is the budget. If your budget is low and the work does not need a high level of expertise, you can opt for a handy person rather than a general contractor. But if you need major cracks to be filled in and major repair work, electrical or plumbing done, you and you are ready to spend a bit more, you can hire a general contractor.

In case you are all set to search for a general contractor, look out for referrals. Ask people around you who have got repairs done a short while ago.

2.       Meeting
 Meet in person with the contractor to interview him or her. It is always recommended that the contractor is experienced, full time and specifically skilled in the area in which you want to hire them for.

3.      Comparison
The best way to compare quotes is by offering the exact same information to each contractor that visits. That way you can expect that their quotations will be similar. Don’t be shy about asking if you find any discrepancies on the estimate sheets.

4.      Bidding
Each general contractor would and should demand for a floor plan of your home and get a list of what you want from him. Make him explain how would he begin, execute and finish the project from beginning to end. Ask each contractor to divide their bids into categories like labour, material, miscellaneous expenses etc.

5.      Don’t hesitate in paying more for quality work
While looking out for general contractors, don’t hesitate to pay more in case the work quality being delivered is good. Moreover choose one that you feel comfortable with and put everything to writing.

Home renovation can be fun and exciting. When hiring a general contractor don’t be afraid of doing research and hiring a reputable one.

If you take the time and do the work involved, hiring a general contractor can be a simple task. In the end, it’s up to you to decide if your job wants a general contractor or if you can handle the project by yourself. But a general contractor could take some of the worry and stress out of the job for you, so when it’s done, you can sit back and enjoy the work.

If you’re looking for some more tips, the Ministry of Consumer Services put out a great article about hiring a countractor as well, so check that out.

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