What do you need to know when you are hiring a contractor? From how to explain your projects to your potential house contractor, to keeping track of all your quotes; learn some tips to help make hiring a contractor easier!
We’ve hired a few different contractors for our house projects. Mostly, we hired out a few projects because we either didn’t have the skillset (enlarging the window in our kitchen) to complete the project or it would just take us too long to complete. We’ve had some great experiences with contractors as well as some not so great. Hopefully, you’ll walk away today with some tips for hiring a contractor.
Hiring a Contractor
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Suzannah and I talk about finding and hiring house contractors. Specifically, how to identify the task that needs to be done and get the best quotes for that task.
How to Identify The Job Scope and Share It
Be confident in what you are wanting done, exactly what you want to use and what you want the renovation project to look like when you get done. Pictures of each of these steps are great to help guide your contractor in getting you a quote that matches what the job scope is.
Suzannah had a great idea of taking photos and keeping them on your phone or Dropbox so that you can easily email the photos to your potential contractor.
How Do I Find a Trustworthy Contractor?
This can be hard! I definitely prefer word of mouth referrals. I think those are key! Anytime anyone around me (that lives locally) is talking about house projects, I always try to see who they used and what their thoughts were.
Of course, you can’t always get a referral for a house contractor just by word of mouth. Other ways, to find a trustworthy contractor include searching on referral sites.
In the past, I’ve used:
Tune in to hear more about how to go with the highest quote without paying the highest price and how to be more realistic about your budget and timing for the actual work.
Also, if you want to hear more about what you should DIY or hire out, then you might like:
- Ep 6: DIY or Hire Out Flooring
- Ep 15: DIY or Hire Out Wallpaper
- Ep 20: DIY or Hire Out Small Electrical
- Ep 28: DIY or Hire Out Windows and Doors
- Ep 37: DIY or Hire Out Painting
- Ep 46: DIY or Hire Out Wall Treatments
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