Hiring a contractor is an important step in any home improvement project. Companies hire different contractors that specialize in different areas because there are people who are experts in roof installation while there are those who are better at giving full-service kitchen remodeling services. Regardless of their expertise, you should always ask these questions before hiring them for your remodeling projects:
How Long Have You Been Working in Home Improvement?
Experience is a great factor to consider in hiring a contractor. The more years they’ve put in the industry, the more equipped they are in handling the job you need them to do. It’s fine to hire a new company for smaller projects, just to give them an opportunity that every fledgling business needs, but if it’s as serious as a full kitchen remodel, you’re better off with a veteran.
Do You Have Insurance?
Every contractor needs insurance. From something as risky as a roof replacement, to something that’s usually a lot less dangerous, like kitchen remodeling services, it’s not a good idea to hire a contractor that isn’t covered by an insurer. Accidents can happen, which may lead to someone getting hurt or something getting damaged and your contractor’s insurer should cover those expenses.
Are You Certified?
Certifications are usually awarded by manufacturers to recognize the contractor’s expertise in using, installing, or troubleshooting their products. Some manufacturers only allow certified contractors to use their products or to offer their best warranties. A certified contractor is usually someone with more experience and with a better track record than most.
Do You Have a List of References?
Some of the best contractors will even encourage you to call their past clients to confirm or visit their past work. They may also have a section on their website where their customer reviews are on display. One thing to remember, though: some contractors may only display good reviews on their site, so try to look for them on independent review sites too. If they have negative reviews or complaints, find out how the contractor resolved the issue and you’ll see how well they deal with their clients in general.
At Advantage Contracting, we always strive to give our clients our best work, whether we’re doing a roof replacement or offering kitchen remodeling services. Contact us at (862) 292-0003 today. We serve the areas of Wayne and Franklin Lakes in NJ.