Do You Know How to Check a Contractor’s References?
So you have found a contractor that seems to be a good fit for your project. Now what? You hear it all the time, ask for references! It’s a good idea to get at least 3 references and if the contractor has been around for a while, he should be able to come up with quite a few.
So you are handed a list of references, what sort of thing should you ask?
Here are a few things to get you started in your research.
Were you satisfied with the project?
How long ago was this improvement completed?
Did the job get done on schedule?
Was the original estimate accurate?
If there were changes made, were you satisfied with the cost of the changes?
Did the workers show up on time?
Was the contractor on site himself?
How was the communication with the contractor?
Were there any days when no one was on the project?
Was the job site left clean at the end of each day?
Did the work place seem safe?
Can I come visit your home to see the completed project?
Would you hire this contractor again?
What would you change the next time you hired the contractor?
It is important to ask for and get a solid list of references from your contractor. Once that is done, you need to make the effort to check them out. This is an important step! By doing this extra research you can determine whether or not you have found the best contractor for your project.