Helpful Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor



The expression “you get what you pay for” is one that is relevant in so many areas, and perhaps one area that this expression that this expression applies to is the home improvement industry. While it goes without saying that you want to save as much money as possible, but choosing a contractor based on a low bid isn’t exactly your best bet. In fact, if you choose your contractor based on price alone, you could substantially increase your risk of having home improvement project go awry. And, if you choose a contractor based on a low price alone, you could end up spending more money down the road as you erroneous work could lead to costly repairs that need to be fixed. However, with proper planning and the following tips, you can find contractors that specialize in roofing, flooring and chimney installation or remodeling that you can rely on to do the job the right way. I looked a lot of places for supplies for my kitchen renovation, but I found the best supplies and the most affordable prices at a Long Island kitchen showroom.

Here are some tips that will help you find the best contractors for your money for your next home improvement project:

• Ask about credentials
Credentials go a long way in the home improvement industry. Make sure you inquire about the contractors credentials, as they will tell you how reputable that contractor is. Memberships and certifications certify that the contractor is experienced and is well-versed with the strict guidelines that are set forth by certain organizations. For instance, a certified graduate re-modeler (CGR) or a membership with the local Building Industry Association (BIA) is definitely something that you want to look for when you are on the market for a contractor.

• Ask for references
Nothing speaks more about a contractor’s work than his or her references. People are generally eager to share their opinions and their experiences with people they have hired. If a roofer, for example, did a poor job installing new flashing or re-shingling a previous client’s roof, chances are that the client will share their experience when asked.

• Inquire about the time frame
While your flooring contractor – or any other contractor – may not be able to give you a time frame that is 100% accurate, he or she will be able to give you an estimate regarding how long it will take to complete the project. Of course, unforeseen obstacles could impact the projected time frame, but an estimate is often a good indicator of efficiency. For instance, if you are having an extensive job done, a time frame that seems too short could indicate poor quality work. Thanks to a dumpster rental Long Island, cleaning up our yard after our trellis fell down during a snowstorm was so much easier.

• Get it in writing
Make sure that the contractor supplies you with a detailed contract that includes the following information: the cost of the project, the agreed upon payment arrangements, estimated time frames, the contractor’s license number, a detailed description of the job and the names of anyone who will be involved with the job.
With these tips, you will be on the right path to finding contractors that you can rely on for your home improvement project.  The Suffolk masonry contractor that my sister used to build her outdoor fireplace did such an amazing job, that my husband and I decided to use them as well.