Finding a good reliable contractor can take some legwork. While it’s tempting to save a little money on a job, cutting corners or pinching pennies can cost you later. It’s not to say that you should prepare to go big-ticket all the way, but you should certainly be prepared to find the best Florida licensed contractor that you can afford.
- Have some rough idea of what you want before calling the contractors. You need to have some idea of what you want to do, the materials that you will want to use, and the cash you have on hand. The more specific you are, the more accurate your estimate will be.
- Do not hire any contractor who pressures you for an immediate decision, will only accept cash, or wants you to pay everything up front. Also avoid any contractor who offers to “help” get you a construction loan from a lender that he recommends.
- Ask around the neighborhood. Talk to your coworkers. Check with relatives. Odds are someone you know has had to deal with the contractor. Sooner or later every homeowner does, and if they can’t tell you who you should hire, they will almost certainly tell you who to avoid.
- Ask lots of questions in the initial interview. Are they willing to provide references from suppliers as well as clients? What work will their subcontractors do, and how long have they worked with them? How many other projects do they have going right now? Do they have a portfolio of previous work with photographs?
- Check those references! Don’t just ask about the work, ask how the work was done. Did the workers keep the job site neat? Were they courteous […]