How to Choose the Best Home Improvement Contractors

To start a home improvement project is a large undertaking that will take time, money and effort. If you want to make your home more fun, more comfortable to live in, and more meaningful – you must be willing to put the work in. How well you achieve your goals, rests on who is running the project, meaning your home improvement contractors.

Finding A Good Home Contractor

A good contractor, should be able to do four things. These things being to schedule, coordinate, plan, and get that plan going to give you what you want as soon as possible. This is the type of person you want to hire, because the ability of the contractor you pick is vital to the success or failure of your project.

Home improvement projects are a major undertaking. Do some research before choosing a contractor. Talk to experts in home improvement stores. Talk to your friends and family. Check for recommendations online. And be sure to get at least three quotes before making your selection.

Screening Home Improvement Contractors

When choosing your home improvement contractors, make sure you give each contractor the same set of requirements that they are bidding on. When you decide on your contractor, make sure you are comparing each contractor using the same requirements.

The checklist should include things such as checking and comparing: references, with the Better Business Bureau to insure that the contractor is accredited, comparing materials quality, the timeline for completion, validating the quote and the price.

Don’t Let The Smooth Price Fool Ya!

Many contractors lure home owners in by offering a lower bid than others. Be cautious of these attractive low prices as this may be a sign that the contractor is using sub-par materials. Always inspect and verify the types and qualities of materials being used to ensure that your home improvement projects are as reliable as possible.

Professional home improvement contractors will provide professional, accurate and detailed contracts to their potential clients long before the work is ever started. By reading through these contacts, taking the time to understand them, and addressing any questions you may have beforehand – you are assured a hassle-free project.

Also, by taking your time in choosing professional home improvement contractors for your project, you are guaranteed that the completed project is one that you will be proud of.

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19 Responses to How to Choose the Best Home Improvement Contractors

  1. Ray Manta says:

    Interesting not to forget that we have to take into account the 4 steps that a contractor should be able to do (Schedule, plan, coordinate and do). Most of them will be good only in 2 of those tasks, maybe 3, but never be able to fulfil the 4… To be kept in mind.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Well I would say that that no contractor would never be able to fulfill those 4 ideals. Some of the best contracts can, and they usually have teams working with them to help them keep on top of things. But yeah, there’s lot that will fall short so you have to choose wisely and know what you’re willing to tolerate.

  2. Veronica says:

    Remodelling your home is a very fun and exciting thing to do. Although sometimes, it can be mean trouble for those who are inexperienced with these kind of stuff. A good contractor will be of vital help to people like me. I will keep in mind what you pointed out in this article of what a good contractor should be if ever I’ll be needing one. Thanks! This is a very helpful article.

  3. EC Walsh says:

    I find previous clients’ reviews in the web also vital pieces of information. They’re not always available though.

  4. Cynthia Reynoso says:

    I found this article totally useful and interesting. I now Know what things to do in terms of finding a improvement contractor and dont letting me be fooled by anyone again. I think i will save a lot of money and work thanks to this.

  5. Bethany says:

    I am always leery of the lowest priced bid! If you want quality work done, always compare estimates and make sure that they all have the same line items and that the contractor isn’t trying to cut corners. Only then, I usually choose the mid-range bid! (Lesson learned from experience!)

  6. Kim Saint says:

    Great suggestions and super informative! I had no idea screening my contractor was so important! I now know to be cautious of low bids, too. Who would have thought it could mean the contractor is going to use lower quality materials??!! Thanks for the tips! I better start my research! 🙂

  7. Cris Donaldo says:

    A very helpful article especially to home owners who are planning to improve their homes for the first time. Choosing an experienced and best home improvement contractors will not only guarantee a quality end result but guarantees that your hard earned cash are well spent.

    A contractor that can give you a reasonable schedule to get the job done; and are willing to coordinate with you, home owners, and understands your need. And a contractor who can come up with well laid out plan and keep that plan going without being too pricey or too affordable are the key points to consider when doing a major or even minor renovations.

    This short yet very informative article will definitely help many home owners do the right thing and be able to get the result they trully want.

  8. Alvado says:

    This is really helpful. I have no experience with this kind of stuff at all but after reading this, I feel a lot more confident moving forward with my renovations this year.

  9. Jesse Cameron says:

    In today’s world people want to save their money in any way that they can. The overall mentality of the population in North America seems to be that one should make as much money as possible, but rather than spend it we should save it. However, there are certain aspects in life that a person should not skimp out on because of cost. When it comes to choosing a contractor for your home improvement project it can be said that cheaper is not always better. The cheaper alternative can turn into the clichĂ© that “you get what you pay for” quickly. So, when you are looking for a contractor for your home make sure to do your homework. Comparing multiple contractors can make the difference between the house you have always hoped for or the nightmare house you are stuck with.

  10. Leigh D'Agostino says:

    This article makes many great points. The one point I believe to be so true is that it’s very important to be involved in the project. Hiring a contractor is not something to be taken lightly, but using the above guidelines and being involved might really save both money and heartache.

  11. ruth says:

    True. Although home improvement projects are always exciting, it needs a lot of careful planning. It is always good to check on the portfolio of the contractor and you should also be able to communicate to the contractor what exactly is your desired outcome.

  12. AndyS says:

    Excellent point regarding the choice of contractor, it is vital that you research them online. Ideally a contractor recommended by a friend or co-worker it the best option, this gives you a first hand account of their ability.

  13. Samna says:

    Very relevant points in this article. Can’t emphasize enough the importance of doing proper research before choosing a contractor. I can safely say from personal experience that if you end up with a shady/lazy/inefficient contractor, your home improvement efforts are likely to go down the drain… along with your money!

  14. Sahil Khurana says:

    If you’re aiming towards unfurling the magic of your dream house, then it’s time to do some extensive groundwork. The more you get into the details, the higher the chances of success. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty; the end result would be well worth the effort.

    Choose a contractor who’s well qualified in the field of home improvement. After all, building your dream house will need success and expertise, gathered over years of experience and style building.

  15. Justin Miller says:

    That’s so true, the lowest quote isn’t always the best especially in home design. It’s so easy getting caught up in new renovation ideas and changes that we end up making bad comparisons based on different materials and builds.

  16. Francois says:

    As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. The greatness too! It’s all about getting really deep in the details, and that requires experience, understanding of the customer’s needs and of course, dedication to a job well polished.

  17. Chad De La Iglesia says:

    Currently trying to find a contractor and the points made in this article helped me decide what to look out for when I start. Never thought about contractors trying to undercut me by using sub-par materials, thanks for the heads up!

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