This has been a topic of conversation that I have been wanting to write about for a while. Being a general contractor myself, I find picking the right contractor for the client to be one of the most crucial decisions in a remodeling project. Every project and every client is different, so it is important to find the right person for the job. Because of this, there are three important aspects to keep in mind when interviewing contractors.
The first important thing to think about is the type of project that you are trying to construct. For instance, if you are looking to remodel a bathroom or a kitchen, there are companies that just do kitchens and baths. On the other hand you probably would not want them to replace your window in your home. The easiest way to determine this is to look at the contractor’ biography on their website. Usually they will list the type of projects they can and are willing to do.
The second aspect to think of when choosing a contractor is the level of quality that one desires form the finished product. Are you really only looking for a fast, inexpensive job that is a temporary fix, or do you want a good quality product that will last for years? Are you more interested in a completely customized product catered to your needs and desires? Their are two ways to figure this out. First, do some research on the contractor’s website and see if their site depicts the quality level that you desire. The second is to get some recommendation from someone that you know. Look at the type of work that was constructed and see if it is what you desire.
The last question to consider when choosing a contractor is what I find is the most important. What type of experience do you want when the project is being constructed? As I say to my clients, a successful construction is based upon not only the final product, but also the customer’s positive experience during the project. This sometimes can be the hardest to figure out during the interviewing process. The best way to to figure this out is to talk to a few of the contractor’s former clients. Any reputable contractor should be able to supply you with a client contact list. Ask their opinion on how the job was executed and what they would have done differently. More importantly, pay attention to how you feel about the person during the interviewing process. Your first impression goes a long way and can be indicative of how your relationship with the contractor will be.