Are you planning some home improvements like renovating a basement or perhaps adding a room? If yes then you have to find a good contractor because a failed project will definitely cost you. A good advert is not proof that the contractor offers quality work. You need to find out yourself. Check with neighbors, friends, or co-workers who may have had renovations or home repairs done at their home. You also have to check the contractor’s reputation on trustworthy websites. You need to ask for a written estimate from different firms and always keeping in mind that the contractor who offers the lowest bid may not always be the best choice. You also have to familiarize yourself with the most common indications of a scam.
Find A Pro For Your Home Improvements
Searching For A Contractor
Depending on how complex or big your home improvements, you may need to hire a:
- General contractor
- Specialty contractor
- Design/build contractor
Do Your Research
Be sure to check with your neighbors, friends, or coworkers who may have used a general contractor in the past. If possible, ask if you can check the work done by the contractor and inquire about their experience working with the expert. Check out the sites that you trust. Find out if other people have had similar experiences, whether good or bad. You should also check the online reputation of the contractor by looking for the name of the company and add words like rip off, complaint, or scam. You should also know how long they have been in business and don’t forget to verify their qualifications such as their license.
Before You Hire A Contractor
Get estimates from potential contractors and don’t choose the one that gives you the lowest bid. Ask them to explain their bid so you can determine the reason behind the difference in the price.
Asking questions is also necessary. These should include:
- How many similar projects have you completed this year?
- Do we need to get a permit for my project?
- Can you provide me with a list of references?
- What insurances do you carry? Does it include personal liability, property damage coverage, and worker’s compensation?
- Will you be hiring subcontractors on this project?
You also need to understand the payment options for your home improvements Myrtle Beach. It is not advisable to pay cash. Pay by credit card or check for smaller projects. You may consider arranging financing options if you have a larger project. It is also a good idea to limit your down payment based on the law set by your state or local consumer agency. It is also best to make payments if certain phases of the project are completed. By doing so, the payments to the contractor will be delayed if their completion of the work on a set time is not met.
Get A Written Contract
Don’t forget to get a written contract. The requirements differ from one state to another. Even if in your area, a written agreement isn’t required, it is best to still ask for one. It should indicate the who, where, what, when, and the cost of the project.
Call Keystone General Contracting if you want to make sure that you are working with a team of reliable contractors for your home improvements.
Keystone General Contracting
Myrtle Beach, SC