So, you are selling your house and you have set your heart on a few home improvements that will raise the price of your property and get you a better price? Unfortunately, these works are not exactly DIY and you need to hire professionals? You have never had any experiences with them before and you are wondering how to make sure you are hiring the right people?
Well, you have come to the right place. This article is all about finding and hiring the absolute best contractors in your area.
Ask for Recommendations
Probably the best place to start your search for the best contractors are the people around you. Maybe someone in your family knows someone or one of your friends? Your colleagues can also be a great source of info on local contractors. Of course, with colleagues and acquaintances, you always need to consider the possibility they are recommending their cousins or friends who are actually very bad contractors.
If you have already hired a realtor to help you with your sale or if you have done business with one in the past, you can always ask them about local contractors. You are almost guaranteed to receive some really great recommendations from them.
Another way to go for your recommendations is the internet. These days, you will rarely find a contractor that is not registered with local directories and websites, as well as some major ones, such as Houzz, for example. You can also always find plenty of local forums where people gladly share their experiences with local contractors.
Investigating the Legal Stuff
One of the first things you will want to investigate once you identify a few contractor companies that might be the right choice are their licenses, bonds and the like. In most states, the state government requires contractors to get surety bonds. Georgia is one of them and all contractors in Georgia need to be bonded in order to do their work.
This is on top of the business license and the contractor’s license. This is where you can check whether a Georgia contractor has all the licenses needed. Furthermore, you might want to check their Better Business Bureau status and find out if any red flags appear when they are concerned.
By working with licensed and bonded contractors, you can rest assured that they will not try to scam you in any way.
Of course, just because someone is licensed and bonded does not mean they are the perfect choice for you. You will, for example, want to talk to their past clients and find out what their experiences were like. Good contracting companies will gladly share their references. You will also want to talk to them about their past experiences and whether they handled jobs that are similar to what you had in mind. Another great idea is to visit a job they are working on at the moment and find out how they do their stuff with your own two eyes.
Putting It All To Paper
Once you are quite certain that you have found the right people, it is important to ask them to give you an estimate. You will want to do this with at least two more contractors, just to get a feel for the prices. You will then make your choice and this is where you need to start talking contracts. You shouldn’t do anything without signing a clearly written contract which will cover all of the most important terms and conditions.
Instead of a Closing Word
To wrap up, we would also like to remind you that you might also want to find a contracting company whose people seem like a good fit for you. Sometimes this can play a huge role in the overall experience.