Knowing how to find a good general contractor is something every homeowner should become familiar with. I live in a part of the country where houses are battered every year by severe storms. My neighbors and I are in need of making constant repairs to our homes, but most people will want to know where to find a contractor for even simple home improvement projects.
Don't fall for a scam, hire an honest professional
All too often people can become the victim of home repair and improvement scams. You replace your roof by an out of state contractor and end up standing in puddles of water in their living room because of poor roofing. Now where was that contract again? Other contractors ask for money upfront and then disappear never to be heard from again. Therefore it is important to be a smart negotiator and shop for the best and most honest, professional deals available.
- Always stay local. You will want to look for someone who has a permanent place of business in your hometown. Ask your insurance company for a recommendation. Most insurance companies will have agreements with the best contractors in your area.
- Look for reviews. You can also contact the better business bureau to see if they have any recent complaints. Get a list of references from the prospective contractor and call these previous clients to ask about their experience.
- Once you have decided on a contractor get everything in writing.
This will include labor, material costs, and the final total. You may get several quotes from different contractors and do a little shopping yourself to see who has the best deal available. Request a provision on the quotes that states you need to be notified if anything changes happen that need to be addressed. An example of a change might be if they had to find a Subcontractor for a specific unforeseen task. This will protect you from unexpected charges.
How to get started
To find a contractor go online and simply type in a search engine "contractors in..." whatever state or town you reside. Most likely there will be a list of available contractors immediately that you might even be familiar with. Collect a list of two or three contractors and call your insurance company and tell them "I'm trying to find a contractor in my area, are you familiar with these businesses?" Once you've done some preliminary background checks invite the contractors over to have a look at the repairs needed or whatever project you are planning for your home. Get several quotes together and price shop for the best deal.
Remember to never pay for anything upfront. Always get every detail in writing to cover yourself in the event of any problems. If they aren't willing to do exactly what you demand then you can simply keep searching for a contractor who will work well with you. You can find great help at www.Real-Estate-Yogi.Com. They will know of contractors in your area, so call them at 1-800-987-1397.