What it comes time to have major work done around the house, it is time to call a contractor. Home renovations, from minor to more significant, often require the help of a professional. Additionally, finding a contractor is often an exercise in trust. When homeowners hire a contractor, they are making a financial commitment. They are also inviting the contractor into their home. Into the very same place where they live, sleep, eat, and raise their kids. For all of these reason, it is important to hire the right contractor.
Parker & Sons advises – the Better Business Bureau is an excellent place to being researching a contractor. BBB will have a comprehensive list of any complaints or issues that have ever been filled regarding the contractor. Research should be further expanded. Ask for references form current and past clients. Parker & Sons has always believed that a job well done speaks for itself. A look at the contractor’s past work will give homeowners and idea as to the quality of work they can expect.
It is important for the contractor to be well insured. Even the best of contractors can cause unanticipated damage to a home. Accidents do happen. For this reason, it is important that the contractor be very well insured. Parker & Sons offers additional advice; homeowners should take steps to verify a potential contractor’s state and local licenses.
Homeowners should interview multiple contractors and review multiple bids. Parker & Sons notes, the lowest bid is not necessarily the best bid. Some contractors will underbid on work in order to secure the job. This often results in what is called “cost creep” during the scope of the work. Parker & Sons advises homeowners to carefully examine the details of each proposal.
The consequences of choosing a poor contractor can be severe. Equipment could be installed improperly or dangerously. This may shorten the lifespan of the equipment, damage other parts of the home, cause unusually high energy bills, or cause equipment to break down and require frequent maintenance. Further, inviting an untrustworthy contractor opens homeowners up to possible theft.
Parker & Sons encourages any homeowner still unsure about the process of hiring a contractor to contact them at (602)457-5857, or to visit their website at www.parkerandsons.com.