Local Contractors: Making The Right Choice
Making a choice from a long list of local contractors
remodeling project can seem daunting. Your telephone directory
might have pages upon pages of choices. Choosing the right
contractor for your project, whether it be big or small, is
important and can save you time and money as well as determine the
quality of work.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a local
- The number of years they have been in business. Everyone has to
start somewhere but a contractor with a good track record can ease
your mind with a project.
- Your neighbors' experiences. Have your neighbors had any work
done recently? What did they like or dislike about the contractor
- The contractor's financing terms. Does your contractor need a
large amount of operating capital before the work begins? How
comfortable are you with paying a large amount of money before you
see any results? Chances are that they will need a percentage of
the total amount up front but familiarize yourself with the
financial terms of more than one contractor before making your
- The contractor's referrals. How many referrals is your
contractor willing to provide? Don't just take a long list as a
reason to choose them. Call the referrals and if possible, ask if
you can stop by and see the work.
When you've chosen
local contractors to work on your house or business, be
sure that you visit the job site periodically to ensure that agreed
upon milestones are being met. You do have to have a certain degree
of flexibility on job deadlines but things should overall be on
schedule. Your local contractor should keep you aware of the
progress and any major problems with the project.
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