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Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor

Posted on July 14, 2014 by kim

Choosing the Right ContractorWhether you're remodeling your bathroom, refinishing the basement or redoing your entire house, getting a good general contractor is imperative. He or she will not only make sure you have the result you want, but also get the right materials and keep you within your budget - and time frame. 

Hiring the right contractor is even more important when planning for home modifications to improve accessibility and safety for yourself or a loved one. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure you're satisfied with the results of your project, and can feel confident in the expertise of your contractor:

Prepare in advance as much as possible
You'll avoid untold misunderstandings if you're able to carefully explain to a potential contractor exactly what you want, and any special needs you and your family have. Having vague ideas can mislead the people you want to work for you, and cause myriad potential problems in future. Do your homework and know what you want done, your budget, and an estimated time frame in which you want the job completed.

Shop around
Interview at least three candidates, either from happy customers, reputable firms like the Better Business Bureau, or online sources. Word-of-mouth is an excellent way to make sure you're getting the right person. Be wary of contractors who seem desperate for work, who go door-to-door looking for jobs, or who offer you materials that are ridiculously cheap. Value is important, but quality is more important, especially when making modifications to increase accessibility or keep a loved one safe in your home.

Insist on seeing credentials
This is especially important when looking for a contractor to complete a specialized project. Not only should you ask to see a potential contractor's license and certifications, you should also make sure they are insured for worker's compensation, property damage and personal liability.

Check references
Try to get references from their suppliers as well as past customers. Ask how many similar types of jobs they have done in the past, and what potential difficulties they encountered. You may even want to view some of their work to get an idea of their style and how they do things. When working with Whole Home Modifications, the showroom in Dent, Ohio, is an excellent resource for choosing materials, viewing their work and talking face-to-face with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, a contractor that has been certified in making home modifications for those choosing to age in place.

Always remember—you don’t know what you don’t know
If you’re hiring a contractor, it’s probably because you’re not an expert in home renovations. You can do all the research you want, but often times hiring an expert in a particular type of home remodel will make your experience that much easier.  Our Certified Aging in Place Specialists are trained to assess the home and recommend alternatives (yes, you do have choices!) to you and your family about ways your home can be modified to be a safer place based on your specific need, the duration of your situation and budget. 

Hiring a good contractor isn't brain surgery, but it can be a daunting task, especially if it’s the result of a loved one’s injury or illness. Finding a trusted professional who understands your needs is extremely important. If you do your homework properly, investigate a myriad of options and have everything down in writing before you begin, you'll encounter far fewer problems than if you jump into business with the first contractor you meet.

Whole Home Modifications offers a free in-home assessment. Our professionals are licensed and bonded and Certified Aging in Place Specialists. Call us today at (513) 482-5100!

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