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What You Should Know About Hiring Contractors

For most people, money is not an object.  So if your home needs repairs or a big renovation, making a budget can be difficult and almost impossible.   It’s no secret that home renovation projects can be rather expensive.  This means choosing the right contractor is an essential part of the process because not only does hiring a shoddy contractor cause financial ruin and stress, but it could also put you out of a home.

To help you with making this important decision, here are a few things you should consider when looking for the best contractor:

  • Perform a background check.  This may sound a little dramatic, but is it your responsibility to find out who your contractor is and what work they’ve done.  You want to see that they are licensed and registered with the state, have insurance, and have been in business for some time.  You also want to make sure they have a good reputation and are accredited with the Better Business Bureau and the CT Department of Consumer Protection.
  • Ask around.  Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, and neighbors about contractors they have used and their experience with them.  Meet with and get estimates from at least three contractors.  Though it’s tempting to choose the lowest estimate, be wary if the lowest is several thousand dollars less than the other estimates.  Most likely the extreme low cost either means corners will be cut or more money will be asked for later on.
  • Look at all the factors.  Price is important, but other characteristics of the contractor should also be taken into consideration.  When interviewing a contractor, take note of what their personality is and how they communicate with you.  Also, have them explain (in detail) the procedures for all aspects of the project.  Being on the same page is a key part of the renovation process.  Make sure you know and approve of what is being done and how!
  • Have a contract!  This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people do not bother with written agreements.  Even if it is the smallest of projects, have documentation, signed by both parties, agreeing on what the project is, how long it is going to take, how much it is going to cost, and which materials will be used.  The more details, the more protected you are should something go wrong.
  • Prepare a payment plan.  Pay no more than 30 percent of the total cost upfront.  The best way to pay the remaining balance is by making payments as portions of the project are completed to your liking.  You can negotiate the amount of those payments per project with the contractor.  But regardless of what the payment plan is, make sure the plan works for both of you and that you have written proof, just in case.

Hiring a contactor can be scary.  But with the information provided above and a little confidence, you will have the ability to hire a good contractor.  Cipriani Construction meets all the qualifications and criteria that a great contractor should possess.  Give us a call if you would like to discuss your home renovation project with us!  We would love to talk with you!

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