Hiring a contractor can be one of the most important things you do in the life of your home. Whether you’re hiring for a new build, or for renovations to your current home, the process of hiring the right contractor should look more like a job interview, and less like picking the first one you find in your google search. If you’re trusting someone to build or renovate the place you and your family call home, you want to know that you’re making the right choice.
As with any job interview, you want to check references. Things are a bit different in this interview, as you’ll be checking references before you speak to the candidate. This is where the power of social media and the internet comes in handy. One of the best ways to find a contractor is through word of mouth. Start with your own social media friends list. See who has had good experiences and see who hasn’t. While it should all be taken with a grain of salt, there’s a lot to learn from personal experiences.
Sticking with social media and the internet, Google, Facebook, Houzz, and Yelp are all great places to see customer reviews. See what people say about the service, as well as the quality of work. Something interesting to look at as well is how the contractor handles bad reviews. A contractor who is quick to anger and fight may not be the right match for you and your job. Use this information to narrow down your list of potential contractors.
When you get face to face with your contractors, ask them as many questions as it takes to feel comfortable. The big things we feel you should ask are;
- Have you done a build or renovation like ours before?
- Can we get a written contract?
- Do you warranty your work?
- How would you approach our project?
At the end of the day, you want to know that the contractor you’re entrusting with your home has a solid reputation, a solid plan, and will be there to help in case something goes wrong. For over 10 years, Tri-City Windows and Renovations has become a trusted leader in the Renovations & Home Construction industry throughout Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, NB, and surrounding areas.