Factors to Consider When Choosing a Contractor

Whether you are planning to build a new home or remodel an existing home, finding a competent contractor is the initial step towards a satisfying and successful home improvement project. Home improvement and maintenance contractors can be found advertising online, in newspapers, the yellow pages, magazines, radio and on TV. However, you need to be careful about your choice because an ad cannot provide proof of a contractor’s quality of work. Depending with the complexity of the project, you can hire different professionals including a general contractor, specialty contractor, architect, interior designer or a building contractor. The factors to consider when choosing a contractor include:

· The License

It is important to find out from a contractor whether they hold a valid license. A license shows evidence of the fact that the practitioner got his act together to study and pass comprehensive standardized exams. In addition, it provides evidence that he has experience in the field and you have a recourse if he errors (you can file a complaint with the relevant board). Any reputable contractor will make sure they have a license to practice.

· Reputation

Working with a contractor who has a good reputation is very important. A background check will help you learn more about the professional you are considering to hire. Furthermore, the customer reviews will reveal the experience of real customers in the hands of the contractor. Moreover, when you check the board website, you will discover any complaints leveled against him and the status of his license (i.e. valid, expired or revoked).

· Location

Although the internet has transformed the world into a global village, making it possible for customers drawn from any part of the globe to interact with businesses in a foreign country, it is advisable to hire the services of a contractor with a local address. The further away the contractor is, the more challenging it will be for him to get to your premises. In addition, consider a service provider who has at least 15 local references. Make sure to call some of the references to find out there experience in the hands of the contractor.

· Experience

It is important to know how long a contractor has been in business and the type of work they have done. Even if a service provider has a general contractor’s license which allows him to undertake any kind of construction, it is important to know how many times he has performed the job you want done. Therefore, if you want your plumbing done, you need to know how many times the contractor has undertaken plumbing jobs with success.