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Finding a Contractor

Finding a Contractor

Finding a contractor can be tough. Whether it’s your first time hiring a contractor or you’ve been on this road before, this decision can mean the difference between achieving your dream or regretting you ever started the process in the first place. So how can you make a decision when not all contractors are created equal? Here are a few tips that will help you sift through your options and help you find the right contractor.

Ask for Referrals

Long before the days of google and social media, word of mouth was the cornerstone of choosing everything from a contractor to a dentist. While todays tech-driven world has changed many things, marketing professionals will still agree that word of mouth is the best way to start a lasting business relationship. This doesn’t mean to trust any blind referral, and post “In search of good contractor”, on your Facebook page. Trust referrals from friends and family that you respect, and who understand your expectations.

Do Some Detective Work

Now that you have half a dozen referred names from an old friend, grandma and that guy at work that can’t stop talking about his new kitchen. Go online and look for:

  • Contractors with a strong presence in your community
  • Good reviews and testimonials
  • The legitimacy of the company and its years in business
  • Contractors past projects

After your done comparing them, you should be able to whittle it down to three referrals. While not a magic number, it allows you to have multiple bids without allowing things to get complicated. The process will run smoother with a smaller number of potential bidders.

Schedule Interviews with your Favorites

Now that you have narrowed it down to three, you have arrived at the most important meeting of your project. Now you can schedule either an in person or phone interview that will give you a read on each contractor.

So soon you say…Don’t worry, it will be alright. Even if this is the first time, or you’ve had much experience, its important to be prepared with questions and information that you will need. This step will give you confidence in moving forward with the contractor of your choice. It will allow for a successful start to a relationship that will last throughout the project.

Not sure what to say or ask? Download our free Contractor Selection Tool-kit by clicking here, it will enable you to make the best decision.

 

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  • Sam Gibson
    December 29, 2020, 11:32 am REPLY

    Thanks for your tip about asking for referrals. I would think that this would also apply to large construction projects like building roads. Asking for great recommendations might help you find a company that’s equipped at getting the job done right and on time.

  • Henry Killingsworth
    December 15, 2021, 6:27 pm REPLY

    I thought it was interesting when you talked about how it is important to look for a contractor that has a strong presence in your community. If you are a commercial business that is looking for a contractor, I would think that it would be a good idea to find one that only handles commercial projects. Conversing with other local businesses could be a good way to find the right contractor to hire.

  • Charlotte Fleet
    December 21, 2021, 4:23 pm REPLY

    I agree with you that it would be a good idea to get referrals from your respectable friends and family of a great contractor. My dad is hoping to hire a professional excavation contractor for his property. I’ll have him talk to his friends and family members that he trusts for suggestions of great contractors he should hire.

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