Hiring a contractor is certainly not an easy task. For years now, contractors have been looked at as cowboys. It is the small minority that ruin the reputation for the thousands of great contractors that are operating throughout the world.
That being said, generally hiring a contractor is going to mean spending thousands. You need to ensure that you have picked the correct contractor the first time round to avoid wasting any cash.
Making A List
The first thing you need to do is start compiling a list of potential candidates. Make sure you look in a few different places when you are making this list.
For instance, do your friends and family members recommend a company? Have you used Google to search the local companies in your area? Have you looked through the local business directory?
Once you have developed the list, you can use some of the ideas below to start short listing candidates until you have the overall winner! Take your time and be wary of any company that pressures you to sign a contract straight away.
In this day and age, most companies have a website. On their website will be testimonials, pictures and lists of clients they have serviced in the past.
If the company does not have a website or portfolio, then you need to be careful. If they do not have a portfolio then it is likely that they are not proud of the work they have been doing, or they simply have not go much experience. Either of the above is not going to be good when it comes to working on your property.
Cost should not be the only thing that you consider. In fact, you should be extremely wary about companies that are offering an extremely low price.
There are a few reasons why:
- Use of poor materials
- Cutting corners and therefore a poor end result
- Lack of experience
- Not professionally trained
Try and obtain at least 3 quotes before going ahead with a contractor. You will get a gauge of what is really reasonable and what is over priced in the industry by doing this. This will enable you to separate the good from the bad.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Each contracting profession will have a range of qualifications and accreditation attached to it. For instance, for electricians it might be City & Guilds qualifications.
When employing a contractor, ask them about not just their experience, but their qualifications and accreditation. A contracting company that has all the right accreditation and qualifications is much more likely to be taking pride in their work, than a company that has not got any of the above.
Choosing a contractor for your project can be difficult simply because there are so many different companies to choose from. By breaking this process down, you can quickly find your ideal contractor. Remember, one that has great credentials including things like 17th Edition Courses or for plumbers, a gas certificate is going to be a contractor worth employing.