Finding a good home general contractor requires more than just Googling local options and picking the one with the best reviews. Use the guide below to do a thorough search so you can feel confident that the general contractor you choose is perfect for your project.
Rather than starting your search with Google, ask local friends and relatives if they’ve worked with a contractor recently. Friends and family will often be more open to discussing the issues they had with a contractor, like that painter your parent’s hired from Craigslist. Plus, their firsthand experience will provide greater insight than the information listed in an online review.
You have recommendations from people you know and trust, so now is the time to start researching each contractor. Visit their websites and look at their online reviews. If you’re down to three or four options, you might want to call the contractors to make sure they perform the type of work your project requires.
While you’re talking to the contractors on the phone, ask for a list of previous clients in the area that you can visit to see the work that was done. If the company is trustworthy, they will have no problem giving you a list of past clients. You should also visit current projects to see how they interact and treat the work space.
By now you should have narrowed the search to two or three options meaning you can start putting together plans and getting bids. If any of the contractors come in with really low bids, be wary of them as they may intend to cut corners to save money. However, if you’ve done all the research beforehand you should only be dealing with trustworthy companies.
You now have a few bids to look at and should feel comfortable about making a decision. Compare the bids to your budget and if all the bids are very similar, select the bid of the contractor you feel most comfortable with. Remember, the renovation process can take multiple weeks and you want to work with someone that you can easily communicate with.
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