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.
Thinking about selling a home
Call Margaret Rome