Like it or not, homeownership will require a certain amount of home improvements and upgrades along the way. And unfortunately, many of us stress about the task of identifying a skilled home improvement contractor that we trust enough to repair or enhance our beloved residence. At Bloomfield Construction, we have years of experience, and our home improvement team of problem solvers are very skilled at what they do. However, we understand your desire to do a little research before committing your project to our home improvement contractors. Do some research, sift through your options and better understand how each Michigan home improvement contractor stacks up; here are some suggestions on how to go about educating yourself on the area home improvement contractors…
Steps in Identifying a Quality Home Improvement Contractor
Ask your friends. Chances are, one or more of your friends have worked with a home improvement contractor in the past. Check in with them and find out what their experience was like and if they’d recommend you work with the same home improvement contractor. This can provide great insight on quality contractors – or even home improvement contractors that you should avoid.
Talk to your neighbors. Especially if you live in a neighborhood with houses similar to yours, your neighbors may have experienced similar problems or upgrades. Inquire about the home improvement projects they’ve had completed, who they worked with on them and how well the project was completed.
Ask about the equipment. A company that utilizes old, failing equipment may not be the right fit for your home project. Using the latest technology makes quoting more accurate, home improvement jobs are completed more quickly and quality is more easily assured each time.
Do a phone interview. An initial conversation with a home improvement contractor can provide some insight on if they’re the right person for the job. Getting to know the company better is a great first step in understanding how your relationship will work should you hire them for the job. Plus, there are tons of questions you surely want answered before signing a contract.
Questions you may want to ask the home improvement contractor during a phone interview:
- How many home improvement projects like mine did you complete last year?
- Are you a licensed home improvement contractor?
- Who will be working on this project and what kind of experience do they have?
- What is the expected completion date of this home improvement project?
- What types of challenges have you encountered on previous jobs like this? How were those resolved?
- How frequently will you and/or your team provide updates on the project’s progress?
- What type of insurance do you carry?
- Will you be using any subcontractors for this project?
Check online. The web is filled with helpful information that can aid in making an educated decision when hiring a home improvement contractor. If homeowners run into problems with a home improvement contractor, often times – they will share their stories online. Browse the web for red flags, to understand how previous projects were handled and where specific companies excel.
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Get written bids. Once you’ve identified the contractor of choice ask them for a written price quotation. Remember, the lowest price is doesn’t always mean the best completion of a project; read our blog Is the Lowest Price Really The Best Price?However, cost will ultimately play a role in your decision making so it’s important to have accurate price expectations. This should, by no means, be the definitive factor when deciding which home improvement contractor you work with. However, it is something to consider and get more information on. A written firm price quotation proposal guarantees the stated price and allows you to evaluate which company is the right fit for your home improvement project.
If you’re looking for a highly skilled team of home improvement contractors, contact Bloomfield Construction today! Our quick and easy estimates make the process stress free. We have an A+ rating from the BBB and are proud to have positive reviews on an array of websites.