Back in the day, whatever day that was, one could work on home repairs themselves. But times have changed and so much goes into home improvement nowadays. There are so many things you probably do not think about. Safety concerns and precautions is a necessary priority that the best companies do not take very lightly. Furthermore, they are on top of all legal ramifications of the job they are doing–not for themselves, but also for the neighborhood and community. So naturally, people do not really do home improvement themselves anymore and rely on an esteemed company to take care of these responsibilities for them.
Okay, so what are the nitty gritty things I need to know you ask?
We definitely do not want to waste your time here. A lot of places online will offer you a bevy of steps that you need to follow in order to make sure that you find the best company. But the more steps there are to to process, the more overwhelmed you will feel. So before we get to the essential steps, the first step should be that despite what you read here or anywhere, go with your gut. There are many steps, but focus on the ones that are of utmost important you and your decision making process. Make those steps your highest priority and let the others follow suit.
Great! Now tell the top steps!
Here it goes. We like to keep it short and sweet around here. The best suggestion and probably the most obvious is to get references. I mean, do we even have to tell you that? All reputable companies should have a list of references to show you. We always like to say that it is more telling if there is a reluctance (or lack thereof) to provide references than the actual references themselves. Asking for reviews is like reading body language. Try to avoid the companies that seem to resent this part of your decision-making process.
And what else…
Insurance is so important. If something goes wrong, you want to be protected. It might be your property, but you are not the experienced authority in this process. The company ideally should be, but you would be surprised how many companies do not have insurance. You must get a company that does even if that means shelling out a little bit more money than you would like.
Our biggest tip…
Draw up your own contract and come to a terms of agreement with the contractor. Why should they have all the power? This is your property after all. You want to make sure that the company you go with really has the best interest of your vision in mind. Maybe they might have some reservations or objections to some of your times, but you both should be able to come to some sort of mutually beneficial schedule and payment plan.