When hiring a contractor for your home renovations or remodels, you’ll want to make sure that you’re hiring the best. After all, this is a service that you’ll be paying for, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s done correctly. Here are five signs that you’ve hired a good contractor.
#1: They communicate with you.
A good contractor will communicate with you, and not just at the beginning and end of your home improvement project, but throughout the entire process. Good communication also includes good listening skills. A good contractor will listen closely and take notes to ensure that they understand exactly what you want to be done and they are able to ease any concerns you may have. If you have a hard time getting in contact with your contractor, it’s likely that they aren’t a good communicator, nor are they professional. Keep in mind that even good, reliable contractors may not be able to answer your calls at all times, but they will at least make an effort to get back to you.
#2: They have a reliable team.
General contractors typically hire subcontractors, such as a plumber, electrician, painter, or carpenter. The subcontractors they hire will be just as professional as they are. Good contractors understand that the team they hire reflects them as a business owner, so they will take the time to find the best subcontractors who are professional in their work, will listen to all of your concerns, and treat your home as if it were their own. They will also introduce you to all of the people who will be working on and in your home.
#3: They’re knowledgeable about their work.
There’s probably nothing more frustrating than the contractor you hired to do a specific job claiming that he or she doesn’t know how to do the job once you’ve already hired them to do it. A good contractor will let you know upfront what he or she is or isn’t capable of doing. They won’t make promises of being able to complete a job when they actually can’t do it. They will also make sure that whatever work they or their subcontractors do is done correctly, on time, and free of mistakes. Using the best methods, they’ll make sure that the work being done shows good craftsmanship.
#4: They use professional tools and equipment.
Many professional contractors have access to tools and equipment that the general public won’t have access to. The best contractors will take the time and money to invest in the best tools for their company and team, to ensure their work will be done correctly every time. Part of having the proper tools and equipment is having an efficient way to transport these materials between their business and your home, such as a pickup truck with towing capabilities that will prevent them from having to make several trips between locations. Having the best tools and equipment and an efficient way to haul these materials to your home will ensure all of your home improvements are done correctly and efficiently.
#5: They love what they do.
A good contractor will absolutely love their work. A contractor who is apathetic about having to do a certain job likely sees it as a chore, rather than another opportunity to create something a client will love. Also, a contractor who doesn’t love their work is more likely to rush through a job, leaving mistakes and poor craftsmanship behind. When people truly love their jobs, they’ll always make an effort to do their best work.
Professional contractors aren’t too hard to find because many are the owners of their own business, so they know the value of good customer service. However, bad contractors do exist, so it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for these traits. You can also ask other people who’ve used good contractors for their recommendations.