RSS Email

Be Sure To Do Your Homework!

In this economy more and more people are trying to do what they can to save money on home improvements but really want to improve the space where they live.  Even though people want to save money they also want to make sure that they are getting what they pay for and are hiring the most competent and reputable contractors they can.

Finding reputable contractors is very difficult and trades like electricians and plumbers require the best so you need to make sure that you are doing your homework.  To me the plumbing and electrical are essential and having it done properly is a must. No one wants to hire someone and then have their pipes burst or back up or have their house catch fire.  I can’t stress enough the importance of doing your homework when looking for contractors.

When I am looking for a contractor I typically ask around and see who my friends and family have used in the past.  If they give them a passing grade I then will look them up via the Better Business Bureau and make sure they have no complaints against them and last thing I do is ask the contractor for references. I know you are thinking this may be over kill but this is your home we are talking about and there is no reason to let anyone who isn’t qualifies work on it.

I remember when we lived near Washington, DC the pool of qualified contractors was plentiful but I still needed to do my homework especially since I didn’t have any family or friends in the area.  I was able to get references from co-workers which helped out a lot and I am glad I was able to use them as a resource.   Remember if you live in an area and have no friends or family in the area it is extra important to get references from co-workers, the contractor and even the Better Business Bureau.  I know the process is a extremely time consuming but in the end you will be glad you did.

When looking for a contractor or someone to do work on your home what step do you take to be sure you are getting the best?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

I Disclose