Do you need a contractor? We have some useful tips that you should know before hiring one. Remodeling a home takes effort, time, and money. So, it makes sense that homeowners don’t want anyone entering their home and upgrading it. If home improvement is on your radar, then this is a must-read.
Get Recommendations From Your Friends and Family
Family and friends typically have your best interest at heart and wouldn’t steer you wrong. If you visit a friend or family member’s house and you like how their home became revamped, then ask them for a recommendation. Google reviews are also helpful, but family and friends can give you more details.
Call Your Top Contractors and Compare
Once you have a compiled list of contractors that seem to be suitable, call each and ask a few questions that matter. Then, take notes. After interviewing each over the phone, thoroughly compare the contractors to determine who your choice will be. Here are some examples of essential questions you should ask:
- Will they take on a project your size?
- How much experience do they have?
- How much does it cost to take on a project like yours?
- Do they have a list of clients that they can share with you?
- Are they licensed and insured?
- What certifications do they have?
If you don’t have time to have long conversations with these general contracting companies, then often, a lot of this information is on the website. What you can gain from phone calls that you can’t on the website, is seeing how the contractors communicate. Communication is often an overlooked aspect of hiring processes.
Set up Face-to-Face Meetings
If your home remodeling project is sizable, this means that contractors will be spending quite some time in your home. Genuinely liking your contractor helps with the overall project. However, home remodeling is not only a personality contest. Also, just because your friends and family enjoyed someone’s work, it does not mean that you will. Check with the BBB and state agencies for any complaints. Look at those Google reviews. The point is that it takes some research and discernment to pick the best people for the job. Finally, look at a gallery of the general contracting company’s work. Their website will be the first source to provide you with all of the information you need.
Depend on Leland Fisher Lumber For Your Home Improvement Needs
Leland Fisher Lumber is a full-service lumber and hardware supplier. We’ve serviced homeowners and professional contractors in Montgomery County, Howard County, and Frederick County since 1894! Whether you want to remodel your home or upgrade your business, we have the professionalism and expertise to make any architectural vision come to life.
Be sure to visit Fisher Lumber’s Designer Showroom featuring displays of Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru entry doors, Simpson and Masonite exterior doors, as well as a wide selection of interior doors featuring Simpson, Masonite, Lemieux, and JELD-WEN. Our knowledgeable experts are ready to assist you! Contact us at 301-424-6500 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.