When it comes to remodeling your home, choosing the right contractor for your job is just as important as deciding on a blueprint or color scheme. While most contractors play by the rules and have the appropriate licenses and qualifications, there are a few out there who don’t. If you’re researching home improvement contractors and want to know whether or not yours is qualified, we at Home Improvement Leads have a few tips to help you out. Read on to find out if you’ve got a qualified contractor for your home remodeling project.
One of the easiest ways to find out whether a contractor is qualified is by asking to see licensing and qualification paperwork. Check with national, state, and local building departments as well as the Consumer Protection Agency to see what is required of contractors where you live. After you’ve researched your area’s qualifications, cross reference your contractor’s paperwork with the standards and make sure everything adds up. It is vital that you ask contractors to provide you with these documents before they begin any work so you know that they are legitimate. Finally, check that all qualifications and licenses are up to date: outdated qualifications are just as bad as no qualifications at all, since rules and regulations in contracting change so frequently.
After you’ve checked your contractor’s licensing and qualifications, you should ask to see proof of their business insurance. Making sure your contractors and their businesses are covered by workers’ compensation, liability, and property damage is not only a legal requirement, but also essential if you want to be covered, should anything happen during your remodeling project. At this point, you should also make sure your own homeowners’ insurance is up to date and covers home renovations.
While qualifications and insurance are two of the most important factors to consider when choosing a contractor for your home remodel project, double checking your contractor’s links to local and national groups is another way to reassure yourself of their professionalism. Most well-known contractors are part of the National Association of Home Builders, as well as local partner branches and other less formal groups.
Research and reviews
Whether or not your contractor is properly licensed and qualified, reviews from past clients and partner businesses will help you to know if you’ve chosen the right person for the job. Chatting to friends, family, and other members of the community who have worked with your contractor is useful to help you find out how quickly and successfully their remodeling projects are completed. If you’re deciding between national or larger companies, online reviews are particularly useful for honest and straightforward assessments of contractors’ professionalism and craftsmanship.
After you’ve chosen your contractor, it is important to protect yourself and your home from potential scams and wrongdoing. Always work with a contract and do not allow anyone to begin work on your home until the contract is signed. Never pay under the table for jobs completed by a contractor, and always keep a record of all receipts, bills, and other communication. Finally, make sure to keep lines of communication open with your contractor at all times so your wants and needs are clear and that things run smoothly from start to finish.