Here at G2 Contracting, we find that most people greatly overestimate their DIY remodeling skills, or at least the length of time it’ll take them to do the work. While you may be tempted to try doing the job yourself to save money, if you want guaranteed results on a more convenient timeline, your best bet is to hire a contractor. Our team understands that home remodeling is often a daunting process, as is the task of finding the right contractor. To make it easier, we’re here to offer the following tips on what to look for in a home remodeling contractor:
- Portfolio- One of the first things you should ask a home remodeling contractor is to see a portfolio of their completed projects. You should look to see whether the projects they typically do match the kind of work you need, and also pay attention to the quality of their workmanship and the creativity of their ideas. A good portfolio should feature at least 10 projects, and they should include photos of the space before, during, and after construction.
- Licensing and Certification- Another key thing to check when looking for home remodeling contractors is whether they have the right licensing and certification. Different types of work have different licenses, so make sure that the candidate has the right ones for your specific project. In addition, your contractor should carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you in the event of any damage or injuries that may occur. Our team at G2 Contracting, like all reputable contractors, has this information readily available—anyone who acts cagey about it is one you want to avoid.
- References- Once you’ve narrowed your search down to around five top contenders based on the previous criteria, we at G2 Contracting recommend each one asking for some references. This is another routine practice in the industry, so any reliable contractor should have a list ready to hand over without a fuss. Call up at least a few names and ask them questions about their experience with the home remodeling contractor in question: Did the project proceed on schedule? Did the contractor address mistakes in a timely manner? How has the work held up in the time since then? The answers to these and other questions will give you a better sense of whether a given contractor is the right fit for your home.