Hiring a contractor can seem a little daunting at first, because how do you know you are hiring the best one for the job? Having a stranger come in and do work on your home or office space is a little scary if you aren’t confident in their abilities. So how do you find a reliable contractor to hire in Georgia?
Narrow down what kind of project you want your contractor to tackle, and this should help you figure out what type of contractor you need to hire. Whether it’s a general contractor, specialty contractor, architect, or designer, there are a lot of options out there. You can start by asking family and friends if they have any personal experience or recommendations for a potential contractor.
Here are some other tips for how to hire a contractor in Georgia:1. Do some research.
Look online to compile a list of contractors in your area that you think might fit your job description. The official website for a contracting company should have a bunch of helpful information on it, including contact information, how long they have been in business and a list of past clients.
Another good option is to look up trusted review sites to see popular ratings and reviews for different contractors. Have customers had good experiences? Bad? If there are a large amount of complaints against a specific contractor, you should heed some of those warnings. Use your internet resources to put together a list of contractors you are interested in contacting.
2. Perform phone interviews.
After putting together a list of prospective contractors, you can give them each a brief call to ask them some general questions about your project. Some questions to start with are:
Do they take on that type of project?
Can they provide you with a list of past clients?
Are they going to be working on many other projects simultaneously?
These questions can give some insight into how available that company is, as well as how focused they will be on your project. Based on the answers to these questions, you should be able to narrow down your list a little bit more.
3. Meet the contractor face to face.
One your list is a little bit shorter, you can meet up with your prospective contractors in person. Meeting them in person will help you feel more at ease and comfortable with their personality. However, personality isn’t everything, and you should still check in with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that your contractors don’t have a negative history with clients or even subcontractors. Check out this article for a list of 4 things contractors tend to get too comfortable with.
4. Get bids and payment schedules.
With your shorter list of contractors, see what each one brings to the table. Keep in mind that price can reflect quality, so sometimes going with the cheapest option is not your best bet. A low bid could be too good to be true; maybe that company uses inadequate materials and wouldn’t be able to complete the job to the quality standards that you need it done. You can ask the contractors to break down their prices (into cost of materials, profit margins, labor, and any other expenses) so you can get a better idea of what each contractor is charging for specifically.
5. Choose your contractor.
After you have all of these resources to reflect upon, you can make an educated choice on what contractor will best suit your needs. You can draw up a contract and get the ball rolling!
If you need help passing your contractor exam, visit our Contractors Institute website for tips on how to efficiently earn your contractor’s license.