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How to Choose a Handyman Contractor
Your home is the most likely to be the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Don’t make the mistake of putting your home building or remodeling project into the hands of just anyone. There are many general contractors out there competing for your business, all claiming to be the most reputable and the best fit for your job. Unfortunately, not all general contractors are created equal, and choosing the wrong one can cost you a lot of time, money, and aggravation. Follow these tips for how to choose a general contractor:
Ask for references. Any reputable handyman will be able to provide you with some references of other happy clients. Call these references to get the inside scoop on the general contractor in question. In addition to finding out how well the job was completed, you should also make an effort to learn as much as you can about the contractor’s timeliness (was the project completed as scheduled?), reliability (did the contractor and construction team show up to work as planned?), resourcefulness (were a variety of building materials and price point options provided?), and communication (was the contractor easy to talk to and open to suggestions?).
Online research. You can find a lot of very valuable information about most general contractors with just a simple online search. Sites like Yelp and Google Places allow customers to post their reviews of businesses, and there is perhaps no better indicator of a general contractor’s quality than word of mouth.
Licensing and insurance. Any contractor you choose to do business with should be licensed to work in your area, and insured for at least the amount of the value of your project. Don’t be afraid to ask the general contractor directly for proof of both. In some cases, this may be your only protection in the case that the worst does happen and you must seek compensation for shoddy or unfinished work.
Consultation. It is important that you interview a number of general contractors before settling on the one for the job. Prepare a list of questions to ask and then sit face to face with each contractor to discuss your project and your questions. Following a consultation, a general contractor should be able to provide you with a job estimate. You can compare estimates, as well as the information you get during interviews, to choose the right general contractor for your project.
Many people come to rely on the knowledge and skill of a handyman at some point in time, and for a wide variety of reasons. If you have a building or renovation project that needs the attention of a professional, contact the experts at. We can be reached by phone, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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