Home Improvement Contractors: How to Find the Right One
Searching online for local home improvement contractors may yield many sponsored sites and links to Houzz, Angie’s List, and Yelp. Unfortunately, it’s easy to become overwhelmed as you look through these pages of results. So how do you find the right company for your home improvement project?
Here are some tips on how to find the perfect remodeler.
It’s helpful to select a contractor with experience working on homes similar to yours. Whether you live in a historic district or suburbia, find a general contractor who has completed projects for your neighbors. Then, quiz them to see if the experience was positive.
Determine the expertise of the home improvement contractor before asking for a consultation.
General contractors may claim to be a jack of all trades. However, if you are looking for someone to replace your shower, hiring a company with expertise in bathroom remodels makes sense.
Consult the company’s website or Google business listing to learn more about the company’s specialties. For example, you want to avoid hiring a company specializing in swimming pools for your flooring project.
Some companies focus on exterior remodeling projects. So, if you need a company that understands how siding, windows, and doors work together to create an energy-efficient barrier for your house, hire a company with this focus.
Read customer reviews carefully.
It would be nice if all homeowners left fair reviews after a project’s successful completion. However, people often only leave reviews when something goes wrong.
There’s also the additional problem of competitors leaving false reviews – and that homeowner who is extremely difficult to please – no matter the situation.
If there are negative reviews, see how the contractor responds. For example, they may offer to repair the problem or explain why the issue occurred.
Check licenses and insurance.
Before signing a contract, ask to see the home improvement contractor license and proof of insurance. Even if the company seems legit, it must be insured if something goes wrong. For example, what if the electrical work performed during your home remodel causes a fire? Or something goes wrong with the plumbing after your kitchen remodel? Don’t save money by hiring the services of someone who isn’t insured.
Ready to Complete a Home Improvement Project? Give Woodbridge Home Solutions a Call
Woodbridge Home Solutions does a wide range of home improvement work, including siding, windows, doors, soffits, and fascia. If you are looking for expert home improvement contractors specializing in exterior remodeling, give us a call to schedule a free in-home consultation.
Key Takeaways About Choosing a Home Improvement Contractor
Ask neighbors for recommendations of general contractors or remodeling companies they recommend.
Look for a company that specializes in your type of project. For example, you wouldn’t hire a company specializing in new construction to reface your cabinets or install replacement windows.
Read customer reviews and the company’s response to them.
Make sure the company is insured – including any subcontractors they may use.