General Tips For Hiring Contractors

Hiring a contractor can seem like an overwhelming task. It’s hard to determine where exactly to begin to look and who is the right person for the job. Here are our top tips to help you determine who you should hire to get the job done.

1. Determine the documentation you need for your project.

  • Check if the contractor is licensed, has liability insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Some states and cities require a permit. Research to see what your area requires and ask the contractor to pull it.
  • Ask for a written warranty to guarantee your project will be done on time, within your budget, and correctly. 

2Do your research. Find out the potential cost of the project as well as other contractors in your area that have experience with the type of work you’re wanting to be done. ImproveNet offers Cost Guides that can help you determine the average cost of projects in your area.

3. Get several bids. Ask for a detailed job estimate. This should include a list of needed materials and the cost of labor, and any other expenses.

4. Look at online reviews. What are other people saying about the contractor you want to hire? Reviews can help give you an idea of what to expect and who might be the best fit for the job.

5. Discuss your budget. There is no “one-size-fits-all” cost for most home improvement projects. It will benefit both yourself and the contractor if you’re upfront about your budget. Often, they will be willing to work with you on a payment plan or other assistance for bigger projects. When choosing who to hire, be open with them on your budget expectations.

While some projects are self-explanatory, like a plumber to help fix a leak or an electrician to run new wires, other tasks may not be as easy to determine the best fit for your home improvement. Many contractors have asked us when they should hire a handyman vs. a specialized contractor. Take a look at the video below to help you determine who is the right fit for your next home improvement project.

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