Finding the right one is EVERYTHING!
you let some stranger into your home with saws and sledge hammers, be sure you
know who they really are. Choosing someone because they have the biggest advertisement
in the yellow pages or because you overhead someone talking about them in a restaurant
or saw their van on the street is not enough. You need to be on your toes to find
just the right one for you, your family and your project.
Are all contractors
Let's take a look...
Contractors Are Not All Alike
They are their own breed, but they aren't all the same.
best way to find the one that is right for you is to ask around. Talk to people.
Find out who has had work done in your area and ask to see it. If you like what
you see, ask tough questions.
Talk to the local suppliers and lumber yards
too. They often know who is good and who isn't. And they also know who pays their
bills and who doesn't. This is important if you don't want to be caught holding
the bag...er bill...down the road.
You Aren't Alone!
are plenty of places to get help finding a qualified, professional contractor.
We'll show you all the tricks!
Places to Look Beyond the obviousOnce
You Ask Around...
You need to dig a little deeper.
professional remodeling firms claim that nearly all of their business comes from
referrals only, you can't rely on finding them through your friends. This is especially
true if you just bought in the neighborhood and don't know who to ask. Luckily,
there are other sources.
1. Contact a national referral network
2. Try your local Chamber of Commerce.
3. The local building or remodeling associations are another great place to look.
Where NOT to Look
If they come looking for you, watch out!
Just like the largest, flashiest yellow pages ad doesn't mean the company
is reputable...neither do flyers stuck in your door. In fact, beware of any contractor
who solicits you directly through door-to-door tactics. This is one of the oldest
scams in the business. The same holds true for telemarketing ploys.
some companies who use the "please excuse our noise" letters about work in the
neighborhood are legitimate and quite professional. You want to avoid anyone who
tries to influence you with peer (neighbor) pressure. "Your neighbor is using
me and I AM in the neighborhood."
Run at the Mention of Deals
lowball bid is a sign to run.
If a company tries to strong arm you into
buying services with low-ball bids or special deals that are only good if you
sign today (or any short time frame) are more likely con artists or unqualified
contractors than a good choice.
A low-ball bid CAN be the sign of a contractor
who is in financial difficulty and is desperate for some cash flow.
Once you find your potential contractor, you have to keep searching....for
answers, that is.
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