There are simple steps you can take when you are choosing a general contractor who will head up your home remodel project.
Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth, is by far, the best method of finding a qualified general contractor to take on the job. You should ask friends, relatives, and neighbors who they have good experiences with. You need to know what made it a good experience for them, what methods did the contractor use to handle problems and if he or she would hire the contractor again.
Check the Credentials
Once you have the recommendations, the next thing you have to do is conduct preliminary research. It could be a phone call or a visit the website of the contractor. Determine if he or she holds all of the needed licenses from the local and state municipalities together with designations from any professional organizations like the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Homebuilders. Search for contractors who have passed extensive tests and invested in course work to obtain certain certifications. However, you need to be aware that not all types of certifications are created equally. Carry out your research and identify the requirements.
Interview The Candidates
Be sure to narrow down your list of potential general contractor Myrtle Beach and schedule meetings. It is better if you choose at least three contractors since things could get confusing beyond that. It is also important to gauge how the contractor answers your questions. However, you also have to remember that communication goes both ways and that means they should also ask a lot of questions.
You should also ask to see the previous projects of the contractor. In case you like them, ask for references, and get in touch with their former clients. Ask about the performance of the contractor at the time when they were executing the projects. Where they on budget and on time? Were their clients happy with the result?
Keep in mind that when you are hiring a contractor for you home improvement, you are getting a service and not a product. The quality of the finished product will depend on the quality of the service.
Questions To Ask A General Contractor
- Do you have a permanent mailing address, email address, phone number, cell phone, fax number, or voicemail?
- Do you have insurance that will protect you from liability? If yes, ask for a copy of their insurance certificates so you can verify.
- Do you have an established presence in the community? How long have you been in business? Does your company maintain good relationships with other contractors?
- Do you have a trustworthy reputation among your peers and customers?
- Do you have any professional designations? Are you a member of any trade organizations?
Once you have chosen a contractor, check the documents that he or she has prepared. Are they professional looking? Scrutinize the contract carefully. Does it look balanced and fair?
Call Keystone General Contracting if you are looking for a reliable and reputable general contractor for your home improvement project.
Keystone General Contracting
Myrtle Beach, SC