Your home will always be an ongoing project for you and your family; you’ll always be looking to improve the look and feel of your home! This may be something as small as picking out the perfect dish towels for the kitchen or the front door entry mat. However, every once in a while, a major project will come along that will take some major consideration. These projects may be adding a deck to the backyard, adding an addition to the back of the house, replacing the flooring, or improving energy efficiency with new windows and doors. Whatever the project may be, it will always be important to hire the right contractor for the job. We’re going to help you with finding the contractor that’s right for your project with this list of What to Do When Hiring a Contractor:
KNOW WHAT YOU NEED: Before even thinking about hiring a contractor, make sure that you know exactly what you need! Think about the project that you are preparing to move forward with: how will it improve the happiness of you and your family? Will it increase the value of your home? Is it really necessary? These are things to consider before jumping into anything! Differentiate between what you want and what you need and then create a budget that makes sense for you. Without knowing exactly what you need, you may be convinced by the contractor to add on additional services or features that will cause you to go way over your planned budget.
PLAY THE FIELD: Once you’ve identified the needs of your home and have created a budget that won’t cripple your bank account, you’ll want to move forward and begin contacting local contractors. It’s important to contact multiple contractors so that you not only get multiple estimates, but you’ll also be able to feel out each individual contractor to see if they’re the one for your project. It’s important to remember that all contractors have different experience and skill sets, and so, estimates will differ between them. Don’t just go with the cheapest estimate as quality of work may subsequently be poor, and a high estimate doesn’t necessarily mean high quality, but can be an indication of a busy contractor who does not see the value in your project at a fair price.
LOOK THEM UP: It’s 2018! There are tons of ways that you can find out if the prospective contractor is the one you’re looking for. Websites like www.TrustedPros.ca list local contractors and provide community-driven reviews. Most contractors also have Facebook profiles that often have a number of reviews listed (remember that these reviews can be controlled). Word of mouth is still important in selecting your contractor! Make sure to ask friends and colleagues to see if they’ve heard of the contractor you’re looking to hire and get a feel for their impressions of said contractor.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE SKILLS: Not all contractors are created equally! They all have different work experiences, skill sets and team members. This means that it’s important to find a team that can complete your project successfully and without too many headaches. For example: if you’re looking to replace your windows, you’ll want to stay away from contractors who specialize in decks or landscaping. Look them up and see if they have any experience in the field of work that you’re looking for.
SET DEADLINES AND BOUNDARIES: At the end of the day, this is your project and it’s important that you’re in control. After researching and hiring the contractor that’s right for your project, you’ll want to speak with them to discuss all deadlines and boundaries. Of course, the contractor will provide a deadline for the project as they’re the professionals with the experience, so it’s important to respect their opinions. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have any say in the matter; if you think the estimated deadline is beyond reason, don’t be afraid to speak up and voice your concerns. Much like deadlines, setting boundaries for the contractor and the work team will be very important in ensuring that your project goes over smoothly. If you don’t want the contractor to be working early morning on the weekends, it’s important to let them know this before the project begins. It’s also important to set rules about parking, garbage disposal, bathroom usage, smoking and any other issues that may be a concern to you.
ENJOY THE PROCESS: This list may seem a little daunting but remember to enjoy the process! Renovating your home takes a lot of consideration and commitment, but it’s something that you’ll be proud of and it’s something that you can have a ton of fun with. Be involved with the process and you can learn a lot!
Now that you know the steps that you should take before hiring a contractor for your home project, head on over to www.QualityContracting.ca or call us at (705)-586-3622 to see if Reg and the Quality Contracting team are the team for your job. We specialize in energy efficient doors, windows and vinyl siding!