We know how difficult and frustrating it can be to find an experienced, qualified contractor or tradesmen/women! I am sure most of you have heard many horror stories from friends and family and most of them have probably been true! But it doesn’t have to be that way. While it’s not easy to find a competent, ethical, do-right contractor to work on your home or business, it CAN be done so read on for some practical advice!
How to Find a Good Contractor
Real world information is very hard to find when you are starting your search. Newspapers and and magazine articles mean well but none of them are able to provide you with real testimonials and experiences of previous customers who worked with any particular contractor.
We have put together a quick checklist for you below:
The best way to start is through friends and family. However, these referrals need to be qualified and checked as well. For example, your friend might have used a great contractor for her garage addition but may have no idea whether the company is also experienced in kitchen cabinets and tile replacement. You need to find out whether the referred company is also experienced in the specific job you are interesting in getting done.
Hardware stores and material manufacturers are also a good resource. But once again, make sure you check references and portfolios.
Engineers, architects and other contractors in similar industries are also an excellent resource. Once again, check all references and experience regardless of how good the referral sounds.
Spend some time and research each candidate. Check with the search engines for anything you may find. And most important of all, trust your instincts.
to be continued..