When you decide to have work completed on your home and hire a contractor, it is a big decision! Do not be fooled by contractors who lure you in with Cheap Prices. A Cheap Contractor can cost you in more ways than one! Before you sign on the dotted line and pay a deposit to a contractor, make sure you do your due diligence and know exactly who you are hiring to work in your home!
1. Check out Their Online and Social Media Sites and Read Their Reviews!
In the digital world we now live in, every company has an online presence. You can easily search and find 100’s of contractors in your area that are all competing for your job. Before you decide to hire a contractor, make sure that you do a thorough online search of their company. Most companies will have a company website that will tell about their history and abilities as a company but, many also use other platforms to promote their work. You can search for companies on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn as well as sites that specializes in the service industry like Angie’s List or NextDoor. These sites can be helpful because they will almost always allow previous customers to leave reviews. Make sure that read the reviews! Reviews are helpful because they will give you insight on how customers feel about the work that was completed, they will also allow you to see what a business is willing to do to make it right in the case of a job not going well.
2. Be Aware of Significantly Lower Pricing
When you decide to hire a contractor to complete a job on your home, it is important to get multiple quotes so you know how to appropriate budget for the job. If one of the quotes is significantly less than the others, BEWARE! If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is! Material costs for your job will likely be about the same from one contractor to another, the difference will come in over the cost of labor. Many cheap contractors, hire cheap labor. Cheap labor can mean that you are getting workers who are not skilled in the trade they are being asked to perform, and that they are not quality tradesman. Good Labor, is not cheap! Additionally, contractors who low ball your bid may be planning to come back and charge you significant extras once they have started the work in your home. If you want your job to be done right, confirm that all the work you are looking to have done gets included in your initial quote and that the contractor you hire has the skilled workers to complete the job!
3. Ask for References and Sample Work
A reputable contractor is more than happy to share their previous projects with a perspective customer. You should expect to have access to references of previous customers as well as samples of their work. References are important, they give you access to previous customers and allow you to reach out to them to discuss their experience with the business as a whole. Make sure to call and speak to the references that you are provided! Ask them lots of questions and get a feel for how happy they were with the job that was completed. You should also look at work that the contractor has completed. A good place to find pictures is on social media sites. Many companies use social media as a way to reach potential customers and build their site to be a reflection of their work. If you are unable to find samples of their work, this could be a red flag! Do not hire a company that does not have any evidence of the work they do!
4. A Contractor Should be Able to Answer Your Questions.
Having work completed on your home means having an open dialogue with the company you are hiring to complete the work. You should be able to speak freely about what you are looking to have done as well as ask questions in regards to the process the contractor will be using to complete the work. Be aware of a contractor that dodges your questions or beats a round the bush! A well versed and established contractor will know how to do the work and will have no problem describing the way it will be completed.
5. Never Hire a Contractor that is not Licensed and Insured!
Contractors should prominently display their licensing information for customers to see. Most contractors will have their information right on their website or available upon request. Licensing information should be given upfront, it is a way to show you, the customer, that the contractor is skilled in completing the job you are looking to have done. If a contractor is not willing to provide the License information, this is a Red Flag!! The same applies with insurance information. It is imperative that the contractor you hire has sufficient Insurance Coverage. Not only is in the LAW in Michigan, this is a protection for you and them! If damage is done to your home while the contractor is completing your job and they do not have insurance, you would be responsible to pay for the damages. Contractors who do not carry insurance tend to be less responsible than those that do. Do not hire a contractor that is unwilling or unable to produce either their Licensing or Insurance Information!
Doing work on your home is a big commitment financially and emotionally. Make sure you start your project off on the right foot by hiring the Right Contractor! North Pointe Painting & Carpentry has been the leader in Residential and Commercial painting in the Metro Detroit Area for over 25 years. When you put your trust in North Pointe Painting, you can rest assured that you are hiring licensed and insured painters that will care for your home like it’s there own! We have thousands of satisfied customers all across Southeast Michigan, chances are we have done business with one of your friends or family members. We want to earn your trust and be your painters! Reach out to us today and see how we can help you! 248-366-9900 or http://www.northpointepainting.com