Trying to find a contractor can be hard. Google is full of what seems like options, but finding someone with availability or who will even call you back can be tricky. Take it from the pros, there are some serious musts and must nots when it comes to choosing a contractor. Here's what to look for:
A Contractor that Calls Back
It seems simple, but trying to find a reliable contractor that answers your call or calls you back can be hard. Make sure that you're being communicated with properly, from point A to Z. Everyone is busy, especially contractors during the building season. That's no excuse not to call you back whether the job is a fit or not! Find someone who answers, or calls back within a reasonable timeframe to chat about your job.
A Local Contractor
The trend of shopping local shouldn't just apply to candles and fancy scarves. You don't want to hire someone who is going to have an incredibly long morning commute just to get to you. Why? They'll have been up later, awake earlier, and probably tired! On top of that, you're creating an opportunity for people to get stuck in traffic and potentially have a travel cost associated with their services. When you hire a local contractor, you're hiring someone close in case anything goes astray, and avoiding travel costs. It'll also be easier to find reviews and even word-of-mouth feedback from others in your area, as well as Google reviews (results are based on your location!).
Anyone can be a handyman. That doesn't mean they have what it takes to build an addition onto your home or refit your fancy NOTL bathroom. Look for someone who has the background, history, and examples of their work to back them up. Ask questions about how different aspects of your renovation will go. Get them to explain the different steps needed to get the job done. Do they know other Niagara tradespeople that they can rely on for additional expertise? The answers will always tell if they know what they're doing or not. Remember: your home is never a "just wing it" job. You deserve work with strong attention to detail and quality.
Beyond these top tips, it's important to trust your instincts and work with someone you feel comfortable with. Did they not remove their footwear when entering your home? Respect is important and it's a two-way street. Always work with someone who you can trust and enjoy having in your home. We always aim to work with honesty and integrity in-mind. If you'd like to meet and obtain a quote, contact us today.
Insights from the front lines, J&S is here to help make your projects run smoothly as both a resource a construction company.