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Homeowner Seeks Reputable Contractor

Updated on April 29, 2011

Homeowners across the country seek reputable contractors for home improvement projects every day. Especially if you do not know what to look for when searching for a contractor, it increases the chances that you may enter into a wrong homeowner-contractor relationship. Before hiring a contractor to complete one or more of the aspects of your home improvement project, learn the characteristics a contractor should have and use it as a guide to interview and hire the right ones for the work.

Come Recommended

Start by talking to the contractors that friends, family members or your followers on Twitter recommend before simply picking someone out of the phone book. This is not to say that you can’t find reputable contractors in the phone book because you can. It is to say that you tend to find the contractors that do a good job and that you can trust when someone recommends them to you.

Specializes

Specialties are important when you are completing home improvement projects. When you remodel your kitchen, you want to work with a company that specializes in kitchen remodeling. When you remodel your bathroom, bathroom remodelers should rank higher than those contractors who have done a bathroom a few times in their career. Rather than hire a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none, find someone who specializes in the type of home improvement project you are doing. You tend to get what you pay for, so if you hire a ceramic flooring installer to install porcelain tile and they don’t know what they’re doing, then your floor is not going to turn out the way that it should.

Responsive

Responsiveness is another characteristic that a good contractor possesses. While plumbers, electricians, tile installers and bathroom remodelers tend to juggle more than one project at a time, customer service with existing clients is also a priority. When you call or email your contractor, the contractor should be responsive—answering you within one business day. Red flags should fly if you call or email a contractor and have to wait days or weeks to get a response—even in the beginning stages before you ever hire them.

Your local area probably has hundreds or thousands of contractors, depending on the size of the city where you live. Within the groups of these contractors are individual contractors that have the characteristics you seek. Take the time to get to know your contractors before you hire them to complete your home improvement project.

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