Are you planning to build your own home or remodel an existing property? If so, you must hire a fantastic residential contractor with premium credentials. As well as ensuring your property is finished quickly and to an excellent standard, a reliable contractor will help make the home-building process less stressful. After all, with floor plans, material costs, and other vital matters to consider, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is a substandard tradesman who leaves you out of pocket.
So, how can you land the contractor of your dreams? While you may feel a little daunted by the sheer number of home builders on the market, asking a few simple questions will narrow down your options.
Here are the primary signs to look out for when selecting residential contractors:
- They are responsive, with multiple contact options
- Their website showcases previous work and experience
- Their estimates are detailed and easy to understand
- They are licensed and insured
- They have solid references
They Are Responsive, With Multiple Contact Options
Unresponsive contractors are highly frustrating and could cost you money in lost time. As such, you must look for a polite and responsive contractor from the get-go. Contractors who provide multiple contact options, including phone numbers, email addresses, web contact forms, and even social media messengers, are likely to offer high-quality customer service.
Responsiveness demonstrates professionalism and respect for the client’s time – both fantastic qualities that could help make your project a success!
Their Website Showcases Previous Work and Experience
Showcasing evidence of previous jobs and experiences demonstrates honesty, openness, and integrity on behalf of your contractor. If they’re proud of the work produced for previous clients, you can rest assured the contractor will do their best to meet your specifications. Plus, browsing images of the contractor’s previous work allows you to examine whether they’re a good fit for your project. If you like what you see, the contractor is likely to produce work that suits your tastes and requirements. If their work is a little outside your comfort zone, it’s worth searching for alternatives.
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Their Estimates Are Detailed and Easy to Understand
Clear and itemized estimates demonstrate that your contractor is professional, honest, and won’t rip you off. To ensure you get the best deal for your home remodel, we recommend comparing several estimates from different contractors. Check how much they charge for materials, suppliers, and labor, and don’t be afraid to question anything you don’t understand! If your favorite contractor’s estimate is slightly over your budget, it’s worth negotiating to see whether they’ll lower the price or work on an alternative solution.
They Are Licensed and Insured
All contractors who work on residential and commercial properties are legally required to obtain general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. These protections will cover incidents such as on-site injury, water damage, fires, or structural problems. If you hire a contractor without insurance, you could be liable for covering damage or injury – costs that could far outstrip your budget and put your project (and people) in jeopardy.
To avoid serious complications, you must ask to see your contractor’s insurance certificate. It’s also a good idea to ensure the limits included in the certificate are adequate for your project.
You should also ask to see a contractor’s license. While unlicensed contractors tend to offer lower estimates, they cannot obtain many of the permits and insurance products necessary for a successful project. For example, unlicensed tradesmen cannot apply for liability insurance or planning permission – both of which could leave you in legal hot water. Plus, licensed individuals are much more likely to do a good job and ensure your property looks fantastic.
They Have Solid References
Remembering to ask for reference checks from your contractor’s suppliers and previous clients is a great way to ensure your home builders do a good job. While the contractor may have stellar online reviews, liaising directly with people who know your contractor is a much better way to assess their skills and integrity. References can relay key details such as whether the contractor pays suppliers on time and delivers high-quality projects.
Searching for Reliable Residential Contractors? We’re Here to Help!
If you need friendly and reliable residential contractors for your home remodel, look no further than Donnelly Timmons & Associates. With over 20 years of experience in custom home building, we’ll work with you to deliver results that exceed expectations. Get in touch today to find out more and discuss your project.