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Finding A Home Improvement Contractor   by Andrew Stratton

in Home    (submitted 2011-06-17)

Looking for a home improvement contractor? The article below will help you find the right man for the job.

So you've decided to move forward with a few home improvement projects; You've put in the hours of research, thought up a game plan and obtained the funding, but still need to hire a professional who can get the job done right. Home improvements can add to the value of you home, but only when done correctly. As such, it is crucial when planning out your home improvement projects that you are able to find someone with a fair amount of experience and knowledge in the area you are about in invest in. In this article, we will offer up a few tips to help you find your perfect home improvement specialist.

Step 1 - You have friends, right? Well now's the time to use them! Call up friends and family members in your area in hopes of obtaining recommendations. It's a wonderful way to begin your search, and will help you hone in on quality options, while steering you clear of individuals who are inexperienced and unqualified. This will also afford you the ability to view prior work that has been completed by the individual in question.

Step 2 - Take a trip down to your local home improvement store. Most mom and pop shops will have a list of contractors that they recommend to their customers. Most will be happy to offer up information that will help you spend money in their store.

Step 3 - Take a look at the contractor's website. This will help you determine how seriously they take their business. There, you can view past project pictures, the services offered, and even obtain a quick quote on the work you are looking to have completed.

Step 4 - If you have a real estate agent that you have worked with in the past, give them a call to find out whether they have any additional recommendations for you. Most realtors will have a vast knowledge of home improvement specialists, as they will typically use them to spruce up properties.

Step 5 - Now that you've gathered a solid list of candidates, sit down and pick out three that have made a positive impression on you. Call them up and ask to schedule a consultation. This will allow you to meet them face to face, obtain an estimate, check up on their credentials and call any references that are provided. Any reputable professional will be happy to provide you with the contact information of three previous customers.

Step 6 - During your consultation, it is important to evaluate whether you are able to communicate with your candidate. Are they able to answer your questions in a way that makes sense to you? Do they make you feel confident in their abilities? Would you be comfortable trusting this individual inside your home? All of these aspects should play a role in your decision making.

Step 7 - After your meeting, you should have a fairly good idea of who will be getting your business. Pick up and phone and schedule your project date!