Finding the right contractor for the right job is vital because most home improvement projects performed by professionals are a costly investment. It’s important that you trust and like your contractor when these folks will be traipsing in and out of your home for weeks, if not months! So before you sign that dotted line, make sure your contractor displays these 7 signs:
Timely communication: A good contractor respects and values a customer’s time and will respond to your requests and questions in a timely manner. The average response of a good contractor should take no more than 24 hours. But be realistic, if they take 28 hours-you can let that slide.
Happy to sign and provide: Whether you are asking to see their license, reviews or a written contract, a good contractor will be happy and willing to provide. If you suspect hesitation, or the contractor seems to keep putting it off, it could be a red flag that others have had less than a great experience. You need to reconsider before you make a commitment.
Respectful: It’s a match made in heaven if the contractor and their crew treats not only you with respect but your home as well. A contractor that answers your many questions in a patient and kind manner goes a long way. Extra points if the contractor and their crew take their shoes off and clean up after themselves. Hang on this this contractor for life!
Proper Equipment: Seems basic and like a given, however the bad contractors out there will not have the proper tools to complete a job. A seasoned contractor will always have the right tools at his/her disposal.
Average pricing: You should always compare the prices with your contractors competitors and if the quotes come back about the same, then that’s a great sign they aren’t out to get you and your money. You should see a red flag if a contractors prices are too low- if it’s too good to be true, than it most likely is.
Good reviews and references: Every good contractor should come with good reviews and references. Check out their social media pages and review platforms like Google, Yelp and the BBB for their reviews. Do note, that it’s normal for a great contractor to have a bad review every now and then. Analyze the bad reviews and note the subject matter, the date and lastly how the contractor responded to the bad review. A good contractor will do their best to make it right. Be sure to also always ask for references from previous customers and don’t be afraid to ask the hard or awkward questions.
Your gut says it’s right: Always, always, always…trust your gut! Nothing like the human instinct to tell you when you are making the right decision. Finding the right contractor is a lot like falling in love with someone…when you know, you know. If you have a good feeling about a contractor and the rest checks out, book them!