Tips for Hiring a Good Contractor

Sep 23

Tips for Hiring a Good Contractor

When embarking on home renovations, or if you simply have work that needs to be done around the home, you may need to get some help in to get the job done. Alternatively if you are a handyman yourself then you might want to invest in some STIHL power tools and do the work yourself. If you would prefer to get someone in to do it, finding the right person is a must, so that you are not wasting your money, and will be happy with the work that they do. There are some things to think about before hiring someone to come into your life and assist you with the task. Here are some tips to think about with hiring a good contractor.

Handyman or Contractor

Firstly think about what you want to do and assess what sort of trades person you will need to achieve success in the journey. If it is a small job, or one that does not require specific skills you may want to simply get a handyman in to do the work. If there are important things that need doing that require a professional, you might be best to hire a contractor who has the experience and know-how that you need.

Get Referrals

One way to ensure that you are getting someone that can do the job as best as it can be is to get referrals from other people who have already used a contractor. If a contractor is good enough that people are happy to refer him/her on then it’s likely that they are good at their job and that you will be happy with the way they work, and the work that they do. Put the word out and ask around about different contractors and you are sure to narrow it down to one that will suit your needs.

Get at Least 3 Quotes

An important thing to think about when choosing a contractor is price. Always get at least 3 quotes so you can compare what they offer for the money that you are paying. When getting any work done, sometimes prices that are charged can vary greatly, so getting a few quotes will allow you to make a decision before the work starts. Another reason to get a detailed written quote is that you are both clear about what work they are offering for the price and you can fall back on that if any issues arise down the track.

Interview Them By Phone Before They Come To Your Home

Having a stranger come into your home can be very disruptive if the person is not the right one, or you feel uncomfortable about having them there. If the job is a big one then there may be times that they are left in your home alone, while you go out to do other things. Interviewing them by phone before you commit to anything will give you an idea about whether they are someone you can trust in your home.

Cheapest Does Not Always Mean They Are The Best

The cheapest quote does not always mean that they will be the best person to do the job. Take into account all the different factors, including their experience level. There is no point in hiring someone who will not do the job right and have to pay again to have the work fixed up later on.