HIRING (THE RIGHT) CONTRACTOR
POP THE QUESTION: DO THEY HAVE THE KNOW-HOW TO ACE YOUR PROJECT
(DON’T JUST ASSUME THEY DO)
Let’s talk about how to get started finding a contractor, what questions to ask, and any red flags. And… not all contractors are created equal.
First, let’s find your perfect contractor – perfect for the job you need done. Contractors come in all shapes and sizes, each having a unique approach to building their biz and assembling their team. Some may proudly tackle any project thrown their way. Others may stick to small-scale undertakings with a close-knit squad. Then there are those who specialize in certain types of builds and renovations.
Don’t be shy! Request to peek at snaps of their past projects- they’ll be thrilled to show off their masterpiece. This way, you can decide whether they’re the perfect match for your vision.
BEFORE DELVING INTO THE WIZARDRY OF SEARCH ENGINES, HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
How do you to tell which contractor is the right fit? Don’t Google yet! Ask for Referrals First.
Ask the experts related to the job you’re working on to get the inside scoop. Head into a local paint store to get rec’s on a top-notch painter recommendation. And for elegant tilework, turn to your designer buddies or trusted pals and ask for the inside scoop on their go-to tile gurus. Above all, inquire about the timeline of the task at hand. Don’t rely on recommendations from eons ago when your buddy had the same job done. Once you’ve got your hands on 3-5 recommended names, then it’s time to fire up the ol’ Google machine.
Don’t automatically throw negative reviews out the window. (You can ALWAYS find negative reviews.) Instead, give them a chance to explain themselves.
Here are a few more quick points to help think about.
- Are they licensed and insured?
- What hours and days will they be on site?
- Prepare to provide one of your bathrooms for their use. Discuss it with them ahead of time.
- Who is the point of contact on-site if I have a question or something goes wrong?
TIME TO SHINE, IT’S INTERVIEW TIME!
Ready to see if you vibe with this human? Let’s talk schedule, timing, payments, and more.
Ask each contractor you interview if they can provide you with a lead time and a projected project length. This way, you have something to start mentally preparing for. They should be able to give you a ballpark of how long certain projects will take them.
Ask about the payment schedule—everyone is different. There are no standards, really. So it’s best never to assume how they operate, and discuss it up front.
Finally, have them out to your house, let your partner meet them, let your kids meet them, and your pets too! It’s most important to make sure you like the contractor. Most projects will take a month or more, so you want to ensure the person who will be in your house 5-6 days a week is someone you actually like. You should also ask to meet the job supervisor because the owner or salesperson, whomever you may meet with to sell and set up the job, will likely not be the one on-site when it comes time to do the work. So you need to ensure you like the actual supervisor as well.
Is it a vibe?? (Is that what the kids are saying these days??)