You've reached a crossroads; you're tired of your clunky floor plan, dated kitchen, boring basement, or cramped family bathroom. The next question is, where do you start? What style do you like? How much will it cost? And WHO will you hire to handle it all?
Finding not only a reputable contractor but the right person for you is no small matter. Trusting the person you work with should be a given, still, what other benchmarks are also relevant?
To help in your search, we've put together a list below of the top 5 qualities and qualifications you'll want your contractor to possess.
- Industry Cred
One smart place to begin is by checking any potential contractor's industry credentials. A lot of people in this field are self-taught, which can make things more complicated. Many experienced contractors don't have a specific degree. However, serious candidates should probably belong to organizations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Better Business Bureau, or Kitchen and Bath Remodelers.
- Glowing Recommendations
Another given? Your contractor should have glowing reviews and recommendations from their former clients. No one enjoys asking for feedback, but legitimate business owners know its essential. Frankly, it's a pretty bad sign if your contractor can't find anyone to recommend them or is too lazy to ask.
- A Good Personality
This quality is a little more subjective, yet having a good rapport with your contractor is a big deal. Whether you jive better with someone who's serious and to-the-point or an informal jokester, all that matters is if they make you feel comfortable. You should like and get along with the person who's spending weeks in your home!
- Upfront Plans
A good builder or remodeler is a strong planner. Sure, they might hire someone to manage organizing plans for them, but they should have their act together. Honestly, if a contractor can't present you with an orderly plan upfront, then what are the chances they'll pull everything together during the busyness of construction? (Answer: slim!)
- Communication Skills
Finally, remodeling and construction usually involve at least a bit of the unexpected - it's just the nature of the business. When snags inevitably come, you'll want the person heading up your project to be an excellent communicator. The building process involves extensive communication and teamwork from all parties. The person leading the show should be the first to speak up and set a positive tone.
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Ready to get serious about your project with an experienced contractor? Reach out to our fearless leader, Juke, anytime - he'd love to help you get things rolling!