We've all been there – the air conditioning unit breaks, the garage door won't open,
the toilet doesn't flush, a pipe bursts, the roof is leaking…whatever
the issue may be, things in the house just seem to stop working. But,
when things like this suddenly pop up, what do you do?
Most people would just try to fix it. Sounds simple! However, in most cases
there is an underlining issue and you need a professional! So, you pick
up the phone and dial the first business you see listed. Is that the best
way to insure that your issue gets fixed the right way, the first time? No!
You want to hire someone you trust, someone who is reliable, and someone
that will get the job done. There are so many questions, such as: Who
do you call? Are they reputable? Will they take advantage of you? Are
they insured? Are they in good standings with the Better Business Bureau?
All of these questions are important, and all of these questions should
be answered before you ever hire a contractor to fix your issue!
Here are some quick tips:
1. Get recommendations!
Check to see if there are any references out there. If you have pinpointed
a potential contractor or are just getting started, check to see what
others have said. The best place to start is with friends and family!
Most likely, they will have some names of people they have used in the
past. However, just going off recommendations does not mean you should
hire them! Last year my husband and I bought a house. We purchased new
toilets and asked around to see who we should hire to install them. We
received a recommendation from my mom (of all people) about a
plumber she had used and raved about. We called them up and scheduled an appointment.
When the job was complete, they left a mess, the seal around the base
of the commode was messy and not sealed properly, the toilets wobbled,
and they didn't haul off the old toilets. To make matters worse, when
we called to complain and schedule them to come back out, it took almost
3 weeks - which is why I wish we would have done the next step!
2. Do your homework!
It is not enough to hire a contractor based on recommendations! You need
to do your homework. If you have a couple of contractors in mind, check
to see if they are licensed! Not all states require a contractor to be
licensed or bonded. If you aren't sure if your state requires a contractor
to be licensed, you can check the
consumer protection agency. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see what their ratings and standings
are. How long has the company been in business? Are they insured? Will
your project require a permit? These things are important to know!
3. Look at reputable sites that post ratings and qualifications!
After you have asked around and did you homework, check to see that everything
you have heard and found is correct! There are websites you can utilize
when narrowing down your choices. Companies like
TC Referrals recommend contractors and businesses based on their standings. TC Referrals
puts every professional through an eight point
Trust Certification Process before they are allowed on their site. This ensures that every professional
is being referred because they have an impeccable reputation in the community,
are licensed, bonded and insured, and they are committed to 100% customer
satisfaction. Finding websites like this can help you make a decision
on which company is right for you!
If you just look through the yellow pages and pick the first company you
see, you will most likely be disappointed in the outcome. You could be
left with an incomplete job, out more money than you planned, or disappointed
in the end product. Be sure to follow these 3 easy steps and you will
be on the right path to hiring the perfect contractor!