Despite their efforts, many homeowners will come up against a repair project that they can’t DIY their way through. When this happens, it’s time to call for help. However, you want a professional when you need roofing repairs or window replacement West Palm Beach, so that it’s done right the first time. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when hiring a contractor.
Look for Qualifications
When looking for a contractor, make sure they are both licensed and registered with the state. This means they have the knowledge and experience, as well as authorization from the state. Additionally, it means they can be reached and held accountable if something goes wrong.
Portfolios and Reviews
A good way to know what to expect from a contractor’s work is to look up their past work and clients. The company should have a website or social media presence where you can find their portfolio. Besides quality assurance, this lets you know that they’re compatible with the touch-ups you have in mind. Also, check the Better Business Bureau to see how they rate among past customers.
Watch Out for Scams
Unfortunately, there are plenty of opportunists looking for homeowners to rob blind. They may approach you first, claim they “just happened to be in the area” and offer limited-time discounts on surplus material. Legitimate contractors don’t roam for work, nor do they demand cash upfront. Other bad faith contractors may try to upsell you, claiming that they found additional issues that require work. This is partly why you should write a contract when hiring—a written agreement on what work the contractor will do, so they don’t try to overstay their welcome. If the suspect contractor tries to rush the process and get your signature immediately, there’s something they don’t want you to see.
Ultimately, a good contractor should be able to show you evidence of their capabilities. That means the right qualifications, the good work they’ve done and the patience to work with you instead of trying to control the situation.