5 Things to Do Before You Hire a Contractor

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5 Things to Do Before You Hire a Contractor

August 6, 2015

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We’re still in home remodeling’s high season, and this year’s summertime project activity looks likely to exceed last year’s.

It’s common that Angie’s List member requests for information on remodeling contractors dramatically increase over the summer months. But when we surveyed service providers late last year, asking how they thought 2015 would go, the majority said they expected to complete more bigger-budget projects than in 2014.

Top jobs cited involve kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and lighting. Customers are also asking for bigger closets and pantries.

If you’re hot to start a home project, don’t make the mistake of hiring too quickly and regretting it later. Follow these five steps to make sure you’re happy with who you hire:

  1. Research five to 10 potential companies to determine local reputation, how well their work stands the test of time and if they specialize in the work you want done.
  2. Get at least three written estimates to compare costs and timelines.
  3. Verify applicable trade license, bonding and insurance status.
  4. Insist on a payment schedule tied to project progress and hold at least 10 percent back until the job is complete to your satisfaction.
  5. Include the payment schedule in your written contract and a termination clause that allows you to walk away if terms aren’t met.

Doing a little homework early on will save you time, trouble and money in the long run, and help ensure that your project turns out well.

Pantry photo by Summer Galyan

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