Whether you are planning a full scheme of work on your home, or you are looking at getting repair and maintenance work carried out – your choices matter. The contractors you choose to work on your home matter. You want to be sure that the contractors that you use are reliable and trustworthy. You also want to be sure that they will carry out the work when you need them to (and when they are scheduled to). So, to ensure that you get the right contractor the first time around, what should you be thinking about, and what questions should you be asking?
Establish Exactly What You Want
To start with, you need to think about what work you need to be carried out. For example, do you need a contractor to fit a new bathroom suite? Or, are you looking to have a contractor in to help you with exterior maintenance? What jobs do you need doing, and is there a sense of urgency.
Getting high-priority jobs (such as repair and maintenance work) carried out first should always be your top priority. If you are unsure about exactly where to start and how to decide what work to undertake first, then go around your home and take note of all of the things you want to do (and need to do).
Get Several Quotes Upfront
After establishing what jobs and work you want to be completed, you then need to start getting quotes together. Getting prices and figures for work together upfront (and before work starts) will ensure that the pricing stays transparent. If you do not get quotes together in advance of starting work and in advance of selecting a contractor, then you may find that you end up paying over the odds.
Use the Trusted Specialists
When you are getting your quotes together from trusted contractors and reputable tradespeople, it is important that you ensure that they are trusted specialists. For example, if you need urgent roofing repair carried out on your home, you want to ensure that they are carried out by a specialist roofing contractor and not just a general contractor. You need to ensure that you always seek out trusted and reliable specialists as they will get the job completed efficiently.
Check Out Reviews
Word of mouth reviews from those that you trust is always important, and so too are online reviews. Conducting an online search to find out a bit more about a contractor you are interested in hiring is always beneficial. Reviews are always useful because they ensure that you have lots of information to hand that can aid you in your decision-making process.
When you are looking at what reviews are saying, also try and establish when the reviews were written. For example, a review that has been written over 5 years ago may no longer be relevant. For example, it may feature information about a former employee. Where possible, always try and utilize new (and recent) reviews and recommendations.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.