8 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

by Brigitt Earley​ - Apartment Therapy

 - Although some talented folks may attempt to DIY, the vast majority is better off seeking out the help of a general contractor for big projects—additions, bathroom updates and kitchen remodels, for example.

 - Unfortunately, finding the right professional for the job isn't always as simple as conducting a quick Google search. Sometimes personalities don't mesh and sometimes a contractor just isn't reliable or—worse—is unqualified for the job.

 - To help you weed out the duds, here are some red flags.

8 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

by Brigitt Earley​ - Apartment Therapy

8 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

 - Although some talented folks may attempt to DIY, the vast majority is better off seeking out the help of a general contractor for big projects—additions, bathroom updates and kitchen remodels, for example.

- Unfortunately, finding the right professional for the job isn't always as simple as conducting a quick Google search. Sometimes personalities don't mesh and sometimes a contractor just isn't reliable or—worse—is unqualified for the job.

- To help you weed out the duds, here are some red flags.

1. They seek you out

Though you may encounter legitimate contractors trying to build a business, the Better Business Bureau cautions that many door-to-door contractors are unlicensed, uninsured, and unqualified. Make sure anyone you choose to work with is licensed, properly insured, and bonded

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2. They don't have adequate references

Call a contractor's references to ensure the person you hire will be professional, prompt, and offer outstanding customer service. And if you're doing say, a bathroom remodel, make sure to talk to someone who has received that same service.

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3. They don't have the right credentials

If the contractor doesn't have liability insurance to cover their mistakes, then it's unlikely they have the money to fix it out of their own pocket." Unfortunately, that means you could be stuck with a bill or a hefty home insurance claim. It's simply not worth the risk.

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4. They give a quote on the spot

Ideally a contractor will give a price only after they've considered the full picture in terms of the complete project, finishes, and other additional repairs.

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5. They won't draft a contract

A contract is meant to protect both parties.

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6. They ask for the fee upfront

If the contractor doesn't have liability insurance to cover their mistakes, then it's unlikely they have the money to fix it out of their own pocket." Unfortunately, that means you could be stuck with a bill or a hefty home insurance claim. It's simply not worth the risk.

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7. They say you don't need permits

Ideally a contractor will give a price only after they've considered the full picture in terms of the complete project, finishes, and other additional repairs.

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8. They don't have the right equipment or run a dirty job site

A contract is meant to protect both parties.

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6. They ask for the fee upfront

If the contractor doesn't have liability insurance to cover their mistakes, then it's unlikely they have the money to fix it out of their own pocket." Unfortunately, that means you could be stuck with a bill or a hefty home insurance claim. It's simply not worth the risk.

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They seek you out

Though you may encounter legitimate contractors trying to build a business, the Better Business Bureau cautions that many door-to-door contractors are unlicensed, uninsured, and unqualified. Make sure anyone you choose to work with is licensed, properly insured, and bonded

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