How To Find A Contractor In Baltimore

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

A caller from my radio show is looking to do some major updates to his home. These are necessary repairs if he plans to stay or put his house on the market. But he wants me to suggest a contractor or help him find someone he can trust?

I do not recommend vendors that I have not personally worked with or know someone who has.

Some people call me asking how they can get on my referral list.

Simple, do great work, stand by it and give me some recent references.

And then call those folks. Ask specific questions like:

Was the job completed to your satisfaction? Was it completed on time? Was the final cost in line with the estimates given in the beginning? If doing this same project, would you use the same crew?

You can go on the various websites and get people's recommendations with positive reviews. Please don't solely use this list. To repeat, get references from real-life people and not just those online. 

Another suggestion, visit the big box stores like Lowes, Home Depot, Ace neighborhood hardware stores.

Find a long-term store employee and get recommendations for contractors in each category, i.e., plumbers, electricians, landscaping, flooring, kitchens, etc.

Please don't use someone because you saw one ad, a commercial, a park bench sign, a TV or radio spot. Get out there and talk to people. Ask to see their work. Do they have before and after photos? Please do your research before starting your project, and I wish you good luck. 

 

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Comments (12)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

"Do great work". Simple enough, right? 
Have a great weekend, Margaret.

Apr 02, 2022 09:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams, Simple enough: Just do great work!

Apr 02, 2022 10:09 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret my brother is trying to do an addition to his house and he is having a devil of a time getting local contractors to respond.

Apr 02, 2022 12:41 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto, Good luck to your brother, and I hope he achieves his goal.

Apr 02, 2022 06:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You provide excellent advice on finding good contractors, Margaret.  A couple months ago I wanted to have the exterior of my house painted, a new gate built, and some other items fixed around my home.  I was having difficulty finding people to do the work.  The pandemic was causing a lot of reluctance in the workforce.  Finally, my son, who has worked at Lowe's for many years, told me to go to www.porch.com.  It wasn't long after I made contact, that I was connected to a great contractor, who did an excellent job with all that I required done at my home.  

Apr 02, 2022 06:15 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 02, 2022 06:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat Good to hear that you found a great contractor who did an excellent job. 

Apr 02, 2022 06:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for the feature in OFC, Myrl

Apr 02, 2022 06:23 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are very good suggestions, finding good help these days is very difficult, especially contractors that do quality work for a fair price.

Apr 03, 2022 06:35 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good morning, Brian England. It is a challenge trying to find reliable, professional contractors.

Apr 03, 2022 07:38 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

In my area, finding and keeping great contractors is like a gold mine.

Like you, I do not refer or recommend anyone I do not have first-hand experience with or know someone who has.   Even that is not a guarantee as I recently experienced with a contractor in my home. 

Apr 08, 2022 08:36 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist,  I so agree.  Finding and keeping great contractors is like having a gold mine. 

Apr 08, 2022 09:31 AM