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How Can You Find the Right Contractor?

An explanation of the importance of finding the right contractor. We've compiled a list of sources to find trusted referrals for a contracting service.

Finding Good Contractors

Choosing your remodeler is the most important decision in a remodeling project. Take your time and be thorough in your search. Here are just a few places to start looking for the best contractor for your home improvement project:

Word-of-Mouth Referrals

Nearly half of all projects signed by a remodeling contractor are the result of client referrals. An additional 22 percent of jobs are the result of word-of-mouth. These are your best sources for leads:

- Relatives

- Friends

- Neighbors

- Business colleagues

- Lenders

- Architects/designers

- Real estate agents

- Suppliers

- Subcontractors

- Local material supplier (lumber yards, specialty product providers, etc)

Other sources include:

-  Job site signs: Pay particular attention to homes with signs from their contracting company on their lawn. Is the site clean? Are tools and materials being handled in a responsible manner? Are there dust covers over the owner's belongings to protect them?

- Local Media Attention: Look for articles about local remodelers. Also check out local home improvement columns in the newspaper and radio talk shows in your area. They can be a great source for finding a qualified, reputable and personable contractor.

- Direct Mail: Some contractor will send direct mail to homeowners within a few blocks of a current job. Call and ask the homeowner if you could tour the project with the contractor.

- Seminars: Attend local seminars on home improvement topics. Some firms host free seminars on how to choose a remodeler and other interesting remodeling topics. Check your local newspaper community news section for information.

- Home Shows: This is a somewhat tricky place to interview contractors since they will be surrounded by other consumers. However, this is a great place to gather information about companies and to make an initial contact with the contractors.  Afterwards, it's certainly possible to schedule a more personal meeting with the contractor either at their showroom or right in your own home.

 

Source: NARI

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Dave M. September 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Whenever you hire a contractor, make sure they are licensed and insured. If they are not, you have no recourse if the job goes bad. There are a lot of fly-by-night "contractors" out there that operate out of their pickup truck orvan and who you will never see again if you have any problems later on. Many manufacturers will reneg on their warranties by claiming that the installation was done improperly. If you deal with a licensed, established company, you'll sleep better at night than if you save a few bucks dealing with some guy with no overhead and no insurance. If someone gets hurt on the job, the homeowner can be liable if the contractor has no Workers comp or liability insurance.
NDA Kitchens and Construction September 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks for adding some great points Dave. Trust in a contractor has to be the number one priority in your search.
f September 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM
NDA re-did our kitchen a few years ago; they came highly recommended and we have been very happy!
NDA Kitchens and Construction September 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Love to hear it. Tell your friends!

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