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Your Guide to Hiring a Reliable Contractor for Home Renovation

Planning to add a patio or another major home improvement project?

We’ve all heard horror tales of shoddy workmanship, price scams, or contractors who disappear in the middle of a job, never to return again.

In fact, such complaints are quite common in the home renovation industry if you believe the Council of Better Business Bureau.

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It’s, therefore, important that you due your diligence when hiring a contractor for your remodeling project so you don’t have to face any such inconveniences.

But where do you start with?

First things first: write down what exactly you want done…

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You may have the project details in mind, but you should always write them down. This is important for two reasons. First, it helps you determine what type of remodeling services you need for your project. And second, it helps ensure you don’t miss out anything important when you’re briefing a prospective contractor about the project.

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Next, reach out to friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors and ask them if they know anyone who can assist you with your project.

In addition, research about local contractors on your own who specialize in the type of services you’re looking for.

Come up with a list of prospective contractors.

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Once you have a list of prospective contractors, contact them and get an estimate in writing for your project. Narrow down the list to contractors who’re willing to do the job in your budget.

You’re almost there…

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So you’ve shortlisted contractors and now you must finalize one.

To finalize a contractor for your home remodeling project, make the following checks:

  • The contractor is licensed

  • The contractor is insured

  • The contractor is experienced

  • The contractor does not have any serious complaints (or too many complaints) registered against them with the Better Business Bureau or local Chambers of Commerce.

  • The contractor offers workmanship warranty

You can now sign that job contract confidently.

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And yes, remember:

Never pay the full amount to your contractor before the job is done.    

We wish you all the best with your home remodeling project.

If you’re looking for a contractor in Boston for your concrete repair, patio design or brownstone restoration needs, visit our service page to learn how we can help you.  

Adriano Nunes