Finding the Right Contractor
When selling your house or property to Super Cash For Houses, you don’t need to make any repairs! We will buy your house in any condition, as-is. However, if you choose to make repairs to your property, the most challenging part of a home renovation might learn how to find a contractor.
Often getting the best one for your home — the real pro who shows up and delivers quality work on time and budget.” It depends on doing some severe screening before the job starts,” says Mike Holmes, professional contractor and host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.” Check out the below tips from bankrate.com and Mike Holmes.
Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor
Tip 1: Slow Down
You’re not ordering a cup of coffee to go, he says. It is a home alteration that you’re going to live with every day.
The best thing to do before you start interviewing contractors is to educate yourself on the project, he advises. The more you know, the more able you’ll be to ask savvy questions and make smart decisions concerning the project. “Do you want to run (category)-five or (category)-six (cables)? How far do you think you need to go? Do you need to get your kitchen?” he says.
You can also make a wish list: What are the things you’d like to do in conjunction with this project? One wise move is to call your local government and find out what kind of permits you’re likely to need, Holmes says.
Tip 2: Talk to Friends & Neighbors
Referrals are a primary source for finding the right contractor, says Paul DiMeo, designer and co-star of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” “You want to make sure that, whoever you’re using, that you have a personal referral,” he says. “That’s why it’s best to talk to a friend.”
Then follow up with your due diligence, says Holmes. Good referrals alone are “not enough,” he says. “Just because a friend liked the contractor doesn’t mean they’re for you. But that’s a good starting point.”
Another promising sign is when two sources recommend the same pro. When Norm Abram, the master carpenter of “This Old House,” needed someone to retrofit a home with air conditioning, he asked one of the show’s contractors for a recommendation.
Tip 3: Find a Good Match
Interviewing a professional contractor is like dating, Holmes says. You want to get to know the person. Ask about their experience, life history, specialties, and what work they love to do.
Also, cover the nuts and bolts: Is the contractor licensed? Insured?“You can’t ask them enough questions,” says Holmes. “And if they’re not pros, they’re quickly going to leave your house.”
At various points during the job, the work is inspected. The goal is to make the home look new again. You’ll want to be there for each of these milestones. Mention this before you hire. “Any contractor who says ‘I don’t want you there,’ you don’t want to deal with them,” Holmes says.