How to Find a Local Home Improvement Contractor

Finding a local home improvement contractor can be a daunting task. Would you know if a quote was reasonable or not? Could you tell if the work was of a good quality? Would you be able to understand what “problems” a contractor would run into, and how it might affect the cost of a job? Read the guide below before hiring a professional contractor to avoid some common pitfalls.

1. Do Your Homework: When looking for a local contractor, it is important to do a little background investigation. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints lodged against them. Check with your local municipality to ensure that their license is valid and check with online forums to see what the word on the street is about that particular contractor. A valuable resource for quality contractors is Angie’s List.

2. Get Multiple Quotes- Any contractor worth his salt will offer you a free quote. If he doesn’t, it should be a red flag right there. Have several contractors come out and quote you a price on the work you want done. You will be amazed at the large range of prices you will get. A quick note regarding pricing. You will get what you pay for when it comes to home improvement. The cheapest price may look attractive, but odds are, the work will probably be substandard. Conversely, the most expensive price may not always be the best either. It’s usually the middle of the road guys that will give you the best value for your money.

3. Get Your Quote in Writing-Once you’ve decided who to go with, get the quote, with a detailed scope of work, on paper that both you and the contractor sign. This quote then becomes a contract, protecting you from price gouging and incomplete jobs and protects the contractor from non-payment issues and “free” add ons. The quote should have a disclaimer that any changes must be approved by both parties and added to the quote.