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10 Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

As a homeowner, it is up to you to protect your most valuable possession. You invest in a contractor either to protect the surfaces of your home or to make it more attractive. Regardless of the objective, it is up to you to choose a contractor who is confident and knowledgeable about the services and products they will use to give you a top quality job. By recommending top quality paints and products rather than the less expensive ordinary paints, we provide better protection of the surface not to mention a job that will look great and hold up for years to come. In addition to quality products, there are numerous applications and preparation techniques.

When obtaining bids be sure to ask the how the contractor plans to achieve the results you are seeking. Have them spell it out in a contract, exactly what they plan to do. Notice attention to detail. Compare all of your bids to make sure that all the contractors are bidding the same work and that all bids ensure proper preparation.

The lowest price may not always be the best choice. You can save a lot of money by paying a little more now for a top quality job, rather than having to call someone out to fix what was not done right in the first place. Quality should be more important than price. It is very important to feel comfortable with the contractor that you choose. Someone you can call time and time again to take care of all of your needs because, let’s face it, the upkeep on a home is an ongoing project.

10 Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

  1. Is the contractor insured? If not, will they accept responsibility? Will they be able to protect you and your home from unforeseen accidents?
  2. Check their reputation.  What percentage of his business is from repeat customers?
  3. Do they have references? You should call on at least 2-3 references to find out if other homeowners are satisfied not only with the contractor but, with the quality of the job.
  4. Do not pay a contractor up front for the entire project. If you are not satisfied with the job, you may have no recourse.
  5. It’s important to see paint samples and obtain approval prior to painting your house. Will they do that for you?
  6. Your personal belongings need protection. Who is responsible? You or the contractor? If it’s the contractor, will they provide enough drop cloths to cover shrubs and bushes; will your belongings be covered? IE: windows, furniture, carpet, etc.?
  7. Will they be using top quality materials, or the cheapest materials in order to increase profits? Was the bid on the job so low that they must use less expensive materials in order to make a profit?
  8. Who will be supervising your project through to completion? 
  9. Does the contractor offer warranties? Should something not hold up will they come back and repair or replace it? So many contractors nowadays offer you a verbal warranty just to obtain the job, then if you have a problem you can never seem to get them back over there to take care of it.
  10. Remember when choosing a contractor, the lowest bid is not always the best deal.