Finding the right remodeling contractor for Florida home improvements is probably the single most important part of home remodeling or additions. Not only do you need to find a reliable professional who stands behind his or her work, but you need to find the right contractor for your home improvement project. You need to be able to talk with this contractor about important decisions. You need to be able to ask questions and understand the answers you are given. When asked for decisions you need to be confident that you understand the question and all of the options before you make a decision.
It is unfortunate that there are scam artists posing as contractors who try to take advantage of people. This can give the whole profession a bad reputation. Fortunately, most contractors are honest people who want to do good work on every job and finish a project with a happy customer. Part of hiring a contractor is finding someone competent and qualified. But another part of choosing the right contractor is just being comfortable and confident talking with him or her.
Here are the five most important things to look for in the contractor you decide to hire.
1. Look for a contractor will a good reputation and a strong history in your community. These contractors are fairly easy to identify. They will be well known in the community and they will have well established businesses. Other people will recommend them or know about them.
2. Look for a contractor who is properly licensed and insured in your state. Be sure the contractor is licensed to do the kind of work you need done. Be certain that both the license and the insurance are current. This will take two phone calls: one to the insurance company and the other to the Department of Commerce in your state or the state licensing board. The licensing board should also be able to tell you if the contractor carries liability and workers compensation insurance.
3. Check for membership in the National Association for the Remodeling Industry. This can be an indicator of reliability as well as knowledge of current trends, construction techniques and business practices.
4. Check with the State Attorney General’s office to be sure any contractors you are considering are not registered in their directory of fictitious business names. Then check with the Better Business Bureau and the local courts for complaints or lawsuits against the contractor.
5. Finally, look for experience, capability, quality and price. You will need to spend some time researching this. You should ask as many questions of the contractor as you think you need to ask to make a decision. You should also ask other people what they think and how they felt about working with the contractor. Also inspect work done by the contractor and talk with homeowners about their experience.
Reputable Florida remodeling contractors will expect your questions and they will be happy to answer them. These questions, and the way the contractor handles them, might be the first indication of what it would be like to work with the contractor.