When it comes time to have major work done around the house, whether it is a bathroom remodel, a kitchen update or a new HVAC unit installed, most homeowners will depend on a contractor. Hiring a contractor is a complex process. It is an exercise in commitment and trust. Homeowners invite contractors into their home, the very same place they live, sleep, raise their kids and cook dinner. What’s more, contractors are to be trusted with large amounts of money. Homeowners need to account for an untold number of factors when shopping for a contractor. Parker & Sons offers advice for hiring a contractor.
When a homeowner is first starting to research a contractor they should contact the Better Business Bureau. The BBB will have a comprehensive list of any complaints or issues that have ever been filed regarding the contractor. Research should be further expanded. Ask for references from current and past clients. Parker & Sons has always believed that a job well done speaks for itself. A look at the contractor’s past work will give homeowners and idea as to the quality of work they can expect.
It is essential that contractors be properly insured as well. Accidents do happen, and homeowners want to ensure they are covered in the event of a potentially damaging mistake.
When it comes time to sign a proposal, homeowners should make sure they see a detailed, itemized, written copy of all the expenses that will be incurred. A good contractor will usually offer a guarantee on their proposal. One that doesn’t may not be confident in their ability to stay on budget.
If something seems odd after signing the contract, homeowners shouldn’t worry. According to Arizona law, all home improvement contracts must include a 3-day right to cancel service.
Homeowners should also make sure that they are seeking out multiple bids and estimates for their project. Homeowners who take the time to comparison shop could potentially save themselves hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
“Hiring a good contractor can make all the difference in the world. A good contract will provide accurate estimates. They will get the job done on time and on budget. Best of all, when working with a quality contractor, homeowners will not have to worry about a thing,” said Josh Kelly of Parker & Sons.