The spring season is right around the corner and many home improvement projects will get started soon. This means, you may be shopping for a contractor very soon. If you've never done this before, a few tips will make it a little bit easier.
Understanding who your potential contractor is and a bit about his/her business will make a big difference. Some of the questions you need to answer first include:
- What types of jobs do you handle on a regular basis?
- Do you have any specialty licenses, such as plumbing or electrical?
- How long have you been in business as a contractor?
- Do you have your own crew or do you subcontract to other workers?
These questions are very important and can help you weed out any contractors that are not worth your time.
Be Careful of Large Deposits
Some contractors may try to get you to pay for materials or put down a large deposit up front. Even though a deposit is normal, you should never have to put down more than 10% of the quote. If a contractor asks for a larger deposit, they may not be legitimate.
Get Everything in Writing
No matter what type of work you're getting done, you need to get everything in writing. If you pay cash for anything, get a written receipt. If the contractor verbalizes a quote, ask for it in writing. This will ensure you are protected and a contract is necessary, as well.
Use these tips to help find the right contractor for your home improvement jobs. It's also wise to ask friends and family for recommendations of contractors they've used in the past. Whenever you're in doubt, check the BBB for customer complaints and search online for reviews before you sign anything.
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.