I have been thinking about something that I think most of us have gone through, or will have to go through. It is actually something that I have learned many aspects about in the last year that could be beneficial to others.
The question is: How do you pick a contractor? This is not a single or quick blog post. I will make a few of these in this series and offer you my best advice. Please feel free to comment or email any questions you may have, or if you are in the area and prefer face to face, then come see me, and we can talk in person.
This can be a process that can take it’s toll on your nerves and patience. However, this is incredibly vital to the success and life of your home. It doesn’t matter if you have a small job or need your house built from the ground up, you are making, or have made, a very large financial investment. The last thing you will want is to find out after all of that money spent is that the job needs to be redone due to poor workmanship. Let Mandi make you a cup of coffee, and let’s chat for just a moment about how to pick the correct contractor!
We will begin by assuming that you already know what your budget is, and that you have priced it out to make sure that you are being realistic and fair to the contractor and yourself.
Jobs like replacing windows look pretty easy on how-to videos, but require a lot of time and skill. You should not expect something like that to only cost a small sum of money. Remember that you get what you pay for, and as we will cover later, the cheapest does not equal the best. Also remember that the windows cannot continuously bear the weight of the house on a thin piece of glass. Make sure your contractor understands that the windows need the support of proper headers and your whole house cannot sit on this half inch of glass for long. It is okay to have them explain how they will support the house above the windows. It should be simple for them to explain what holds the house up and off of the windows. Even my youngest understands this. Continue reading