Every one of us wanted to have a beautiful home. Conducive for living, eye-catching, and aesthetically beautiful. However, most of the time we can’t get the outcome that we perceive just because of the budget constraint or sometimes we don’t have a budget at all. We can find beautiful houses designed by high-end architects and engineers on social media which makes us think that we can afford to have them. Well actually we can, with the right amount and the right choice of contractor to work for your home.
In our day-to-day living, we can’t argue that we admire those beautiful houses that we can see around us. We also dream to have one someday, a house worth bragging, about, and a house that will stand out from the others. With that being said we need to consider so many things that our do-it-yourself ability cannot handle alone, that is why contractors enter the scene. They are the ones to make our dream put it up and made it into reality. They will handle the floor plans, the design, and the accessories and furniture that you will put inside your homes. From the roof, and ceiling, to moldings just like what the professionals do in Baltimore, Maryland. With that here are the 5 things to consider in choosing your contractor.
Tip no. 1: Collect Cards and Talk to Several Companies
We all know that when it comes to home improvements, or simply building homes there are a lot of things that you need to consider. Hence, the reason why Construction companies exist in the first place. They are easy to find and easy to talk to, some of them are found mostly at business expos all around your city.
Do engage with them, ask them about their services, what they specialize in, and how long are they in the industry. Ask them questions that you wanted to know, and coming from their answers you can already spot the contractors that you wanted to work with in the future. Also, if you cannot find any contractors that you might like on expos, you can also look for them online.
Tip no. 2: Read Reviews
If you are one who is fun scrolling on social media and the internet, you can use this tip. Always look for customer reviews on your contractor’s websites. Find their customer ratings, how the customers rate their work will determine how good the contractors are. The higher the rating the better. Just like how MDInspectionPros has an excellent review on mold eradication in Baltimore. However, some contracting companies don’t have any websites or social media pages.
What will you do? Ask questions on your social media such as Facebook, there are some groups there that can help you determine the contractor’s rating. Do crowd-sourcing, Facebook groups always do come in handy every time you want a better recommendation. Some pages on Facebook are also outdated, so when one company catches your attention, always go back to tip no. 1 and look for their telephone number.
Tip no. 3: Request a Written Estimate
Building or improving your home will cause a lot of trouble, especially in the financial aspect. Some don’t do home improvements because of the expenses that it will cause to the owners. But, if you are the one who’s really decided to improve your home, and has a contractor already then ask them for a written estimate of all the expenses that will be accumulated for the project that you both agree to work on. Written estimates will become your guide on how much will it cost you along the way and will help you prepare the money in advance. Always remember that if there are no written estimates given by your contractor, that is a red flag.
Review the given estimates, and always make sure that they have the licenses and the insurance. Depending on the size of your project, you can make your contractor see the area of improvement in your home if to properly estimate the expenses the improvement will accumulate. And also, do not hesitate to ask questions or clarifications from your contractor.
Tip no. 4: Ask for the Contract
If you and your contractor already agreed to the project and the duration and the expenses, then it is time for you to sign the contract agreement. Make sure all the things that you agreed upon are written on the contract, coming from the expenses, the duration, and all the things that are deemed important for the project. Also, check for the start and the end of the project, this will make sure that your contractor will follow and agree to the time duration of the project.
Tip no. 5: Do not immediately pay in FULL
Full payment of the project is not really necessary to be immediate, some contractors tend to disregard the quality of their job because they are already paid in full by the customer. So, in order for you to have the long end of the stick, do not pay immediately the full price unless you are already satisfied with the job that they do to your home.
These are only 5 tips that can help you land the best contractor there is in the market. Still, the choice is yours when it comes to choosing who you wanted to work with. Happy home improvement!