Renovating or making improvements to a home can pay off big when it comes time to sell… or it can be an expensive and drawn-out hassle. It all comes down to who you hire to do the work. So, how do you know you’re signing on with a reputable company?
Here are 6 tips for hiring a contractor in Erie PA.
Before making any decisions, do some shopping. Get quotes from at least three local contractors—but be aware it’s not all about the price. Instead, focus on how responsive the company is. Are they friendly and professional? Are they upfront with information or do they avoid answering questions?
Read the Reviews
Any company that’s been in the business for a while likely has more than a few clients with something to say. Online reviews are a good way to get an honest impression about what a company is really like to work with.
Ask for Recommendations
Know someone in the area who’s had some work done on their home? Ask who they worked with… and how the experience was. Tip: Your Realtor is a great person to ask for this kind of information. They likely have experience working with several reputable local companies.
Peruse their Portfolios
What kind of projects have these companies worked on in the past? What do the finished results look like? It’s easy for a company to talk big about their accomplishments, but if they don’t have any proof that they’ve successfully completed a project similar to yours, they might not be the right company for you.
Always Ask Questions
- How many years have you been in the business?
- What types of licensing and insurance do you carry?
- How many permits, and what types, will my job require?
- What is your timeline for completion?
- Will you require subcontractors, and if so, how will you find them?
- What does your typical workday look like (hours, noise level, etc)?
Take Your Time
One of the worst things you can do is rush into a project. Take your time researching, reviewing, and interviewing to ensure you find the contractor that’s right for you and your project.