Where can I find a qualified contractor that is right for the job, and what should I know before hiring them?
Before you hire a contractor, clearly establish the scale of the project and a clear budget to work within. Write a complete description of the work you want done on your home. By doing so you will understand the scope of your project and you can find a contractor that will be the most suitable for the job. This detailed description should be given to potential contractors when you ask for a bid or proposal for your project.
Go through a proper screening process before hiring a contractor:
- Find potential contractors based on recommendations from family, friends and neighbours, or by thoroughly researching contractor websites.
- Interview potential contractors. (See: ‘What questions should I ask a contractor during the interview process?’)
- Look for their certifications and credentials (business license, trade membership, records in the Better Business Bureau, technical qualifications, etc.).
- Obtain written bids or proposals from at least three of your top contractors. (See: ‘How do I ensure that I am getting a fair price for my requested services from a contractor?’)
- Follow-up with their references to speak with homeowners who have previously worked with a particular contractor.