When planning a renovation or upgrades to your home you will most often have some time to filter through multiple referrals in order to choose a suitable contractor to fit your needs. Your needs should always include more than just budget or costs. If is just about price, then you will likely get what you pay for or possibly less. Consideration must also be given to all or at least some of the following:
- Business longevity ( more than 10 years best)
- City or Provincial licensing
- Liability coverage ( workers compensation and general liability insurance)
- Permanence and Stability ( has an office and address)
- Proven business practices ( BBB “A+” best)
- Reliable referrals
The easiest and one of the best ways to find your best contractor is to get references from friends, family or a business associate that you trust. You should never have to just use the “Yellow pages” and hire someone on the spur of the moment.
Having a trusted contractor pre-selected becomes even more important with the need for urgent repairs or service from Electrical Plumbing or Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors. Why not call in for a small electrical or plumbing repair or have an annual service performed on your heating or cooling system. This way you can gain a little trust with you contractor for when an emergency situation is at hand. You may also benefit from preferred pricing and response time once you are on file with them.
Once you have some names, try to meet with them, look for “chemistry” or rapport between you and them and observe their level of professionalism. Courtesy, punctuality, respect and the ability to communicate are some of the most important attributes a contractor should have next to their basic competency. Most people will have a sense or “gut” feeling after meeting someone. Use this to your advantage and never be pressured to rush into any situation No Matter What!
Once you find your “best contractor” you will most often be able to get other quality business referral contacts from them. It would not be in their best interest to give out weak or poor referrals.
Good luck hunting for the best contractor.