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What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor

What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor

Hiring a contractor can be a challenging process. It’s not easy to search through the seemingly never-ending pool of potential contractors—never mind choosing one. Here are some things to consider before you hire a contractor.


Know What You Need Done

It seems logical, but you would be surprised how often people overlook the details of their projects. You start knowing what you are looking for, and the further you go, the less likely you are to stick to the plan. When you start going into detail, you may lose focus on what you intend to have done. 

Keeping on track with the work you need done can help you stay with the plan and avoid distractions from outside factors. It is your project, and you should have it done how you want. It is easy to get confused about exactly what will happen with your project. Too often, the expectations of a project fall short of the actual outcome. Somewhere along the line, you and the contractor can lose focus on the original concept.

Hire a Local Contractor 

When you hire someone to do work on your home, you should find someone from your area. Sometimes a neighbor can offer a recommendation based on someone they have had a good experience with. Hiring a local contractor makes it easier for them to come back if any problems arise.

Local contractors will have insight into regional coding and be familiar with the area’s weather conditions that may impact a structure over time. For this reason, it is always a good idea to have a contractor with local knowledge working for you. 

Get Estimates From a Few Contractors

The first contractor you talk to may not be your best option. They may be less qualified for the job compared to other contractors. They also may charge more than you should be paying for the project you want to have done.

You may find it best to consult with a few contractors to get the best price available. Talk with at least three contractors to get estimates. Also, do not be afraid to question the expenses that you are given in comparison to some other estimates you receive. Be sure to compare the cost of labor and materials for each projection to see where the best deal lies.

Make a File For Everything Job-Related

When a contractor is doing work for you, it is essential to keep a record of everything that happens. This record will help cover you in case any issues arise. 

Keep all of the paperwork related to the job in a file. This file should include the estimates you received for the job, the contract for the job, and any other information that pertains to the job. This may include:

  • Cost of materials
  • Labor costs
  • Documentation of anticipated completion dates
  • Any signed documents 
  • Permits
  • Licenses
  • Bills
  • Invoices

Do Your Homework on What Contractor You Hire

When you hire a contractor, you must do your homework. Any credible contractor will have some reviews for their services online. It is crucial to know who you are hiring and if they have expertise in what you need assistance with. 

Hiring the wrong contractor can cost you thousands of dollars in the long run and may cause many problems that worsen your situation.

When doing property renovations in Charlotte County, FL, or any other location, you want to have all your bases covered. Hiring the right contractor can remove a ton of stress, as you will have an abundance of issues to deal with throughout the whole process.


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Kaya Wittenburg

Blog Author and CEO

Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

He is here to help you use real estate as a vehicle to develop your own personal empire and feel deeply satisfied along the way. If you have an interest in buying, selling or renting property in South Florida, contact Kaya today.

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