Finding the good contractor for your home improvement project can be daunting task. You really want to find someone you can trust who will complete your project from A to Z quickly and within your budget but its hard to know who you can trust. Whether you are looking to remodel a room in your home, repair your roof or add living space there are a few common things you should look for when hiring a contractor.
Fully Licensed and Insured Home Improvement Contractor
First you want o make sure that any contractor providing you with an estimate is licensed in your state. Many contractor say they are insured but are not. Ask for a license number and check the state contractors board website or ask to see a copy of their license. Hiring an unlicensed contractor is illegal and may limit your recourse if the work is not completed properly.
You also want to ask for evidence that the home improvement contractor is properly insured. If any of the contractor’s workers get hurt or something goes wrong you need to make sure that your home improvement contractor has the insurance coverage to handle it.
Many contractors will tell you that they can complete your home renovation project without any permits. Obtaining permits from your local town usually includes an associated permit fee and inspections. Contractors may want to avoid these inspections and lower their fees by eliminating the permit process from your renovation. This is illegal. The permit process is generally required in order to protect homeowners. It ensures that the work i completed up to code, inspected by a knowledgeable professional, and is fully authorized which will come in handy if or when you are looking to sell your home.
Simple changes like repairing drywall, or replacing a carpet or door probably really don’t require a permit in most towns, but permits are needed for most larger jobs like basement remodeling, roofing work or bathroom renovation. Your contractor should be able to handle the permit process for you.
Make sure your contract clearly sets out the work to be done, the timeline and the payment terms. The more detail regarding the work to be done the better. The contractor should want to now exactly what you want ahead of time so he can appropriately plan and and prepare for the job. For example, if you want recessed lighting or a light fixture in your bathroom remodeling project will make a difference for the contractor when he is preparing the electrical work while the walls are open. Some things can be easily changed later but some really can’t, an experienced contractor will know that and go over all the details early and have then all set out in the contract.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or if you need any advice regarding your home improvement projects. Of course, at all ALL DONE we are
- Fully Licensed and Insured
- Will handle the permit process for you from A to Z
- Provide Free Estimates
- Provide a warranty on all of our work.
Hiring a contractor can be a tricky thing, but if you find these key items you should be in the hands of a knowledgeable and professional contractor.