Getting some professional assistance with your window replacement project is a good way to save yourself time, money, and a lot of hassle. However, if you choose the wrong contractor, you may regret your decision. To find the right contractor for the job, you’ll need to take a few extra steps before your formal agreement is signed.
ReferencesOne of the most useful ways to determine if a contractor will complete the job as promised is to contact individuals who have used him or her in the past. You will need to request approximately three references from the contractor. Be sure to get contact information, preferably a phone number for these individuals.
Call each reference and discuss the contractor’s performance. Was the previous client satisfied with the contractor’s work ethic, craftsmanship, and their ability to stay in budget? Was the work competed in a timely manner? Were there any problems with the complete job to date? The more information you can get from these clients the better informed your decisions will be.
SamplesIdeally your contractor will have completed similar projects in the past. Request that he or she provide you with some evidence of this previous work. This may include photographs or links to websites of companies which have utilized their work. Carefully look at these samples and determine if you like what you see of the final product. If it looks like the work was not completed to your standards, you may have not found the right contractor yet.
The InterviewPrior to hiring, you will want to discuss several key points directly with your contractor. Inquire how long he or she has worked in the business. Do they have any formal training, or did they learn everything from their family? This background information will help you decide if the contractor has the know how to successfully complete the job.
ProfessionalismGenerally you can determine a lot about the quality of an individual’s work by their level of professionalism. If he or she cannot manage to come to your agreed upon meeting time, has difficulty answering the phone, or do not act in a professional way, then you may want to consider another contractor.
PaperworkA good contractor will keep diligent written records for their business. You should not have to ask for a receipt upon payment or draft a written agreement by yourself. It is important to have a written record of the agreement prior to the completion of the work with a clear understanding of what will be completed for what amount of money. Signs that the contractor is struggling with any elements of this process may indicate to you that another contractor should be used.
Although these additional steps may seem somewhat cumbersome, they can save you money and trouble in the long run. The extra research you complete at the beginning of the hiring process will prevent you from making a bad investment. Even the best quality materials can be compromised by a poor quality contractor. Take the time and know that you are making the right contractor choice.