Angie’s List: Choosing a Contractor for Your Home
(WGGB) — These days many homeowners opt to make improvements to their current home.
Your house is your biggest asset, so you want to make sure your hire a contractor who will get the job done the way you want it.
When interviewing your contractor, you want to use some of the same skills you might use when interviewing someone for a job at work.
Meet all potential contractors face-to-face and prepare a list of questions to ask every contractor you interview specific to your project.
“You want to ask open-ended questions because you’ll learn a lot more about how they’ll handle situations. One of my favorite questions is to ask them about a job that didn’t go right and how they fixed it,” says Angie Hicks from Angie’s List.
It’s also important to ask questions that go beyond the basics of the project.
Make sure you have a good rapport with the contractor. That can make communicating easier, especially when it comes to changes or problems in the middle of the job.
Hicks adds, “Follow your gut instinct when interviewing, especially if you’re doing a kitchen remodel because you are going to have this company or contractors in your home for a long time. In fact, they kind of become a part of your family.”
There’s a lot riding on any home improvement project, including time and money, so never hire someone you don’t feel comfortable with.
Always treat hiring like building a relationship, rather than just carrying out a transaction. It’ll put you more at ease with any decision you make regarding your home.