While some people have the time, energy, and skill to take on home renovation projects themselves, most prefer to work with a contractor. Hiring a renovation contractor will not only save you a great deal of effort and stress, but it generally results in better quality craftsmanship as well. Of course, not all renovation contractors are created equal, so to help you find the best one for the job, our team at DRCS has put together this list of key things to look for.
- Credentials- First, you should always make sure that a renovation contractor has all the necessary licenses and insurance coverage before you hire them. A license proves that the contractor can do the work, and insurance is there to protect you in the event that any damage occurs during the course of the project. It’s also a good idea to look at any credentials the contractor has beyond these minimum standards, such as membership in trade associations.
- References- Next, ask each renovation contractor for a list of client references that you can speak to, and then reach out to these former clients to ask about their experiences with the company. This is a great way to learn more about the quality of the contractor’s work and how they conduct themselves on the job. In addition, the contractor’s response to the request can be revealing–hesitation is a sign that they’re not proud of their work or they’re afraid of what their previous customers might say about them, so you should reconsider hiring someone if they’re not prepared to provide this information.
- Experience- Lastly, you should look for a renovation contractor that has the right experience. The longer they’ve been working in the industry, the better their results are likely to be. In addition, you should look at their experience on the business side of things–even if all the construction crew members have been working in their trades for years, if the business itself is new, then they may not be able to run the project as smoothly as a more established company.