5 steps to find the right contractor

(NC) Finding a contractor is kind of like finding a mate.
Like dating, it means you have to know what you're looking for, ask a lot of questions, seek advice from friends and family and most importantly, take your time deciding. After all, the contractor you choose is vital to the success of any remodeling project you take on.
Here is what you need to know to find the perfect contractor:
Do your research.
Make sure you've done your homework. Research your project so you have a realistic understanding of what's expected. Also compare the timeline required against existing projects your contractor may have on their plate. (Note: It is not uncommon for contractors to be working several jobs simultaneously.) This will give you an idea of how much time they can realistically devote to your project and if that works for you.
Ask for advice.
Referrals are the best way to find someone who is reliable. Like a partner, a good contractor will be around for the long haul. Talk to friends and family and get their recommendations on who they've worked with in the past.
Get specific.
Once you have a list of recommended contractors, narrow down your selection by doing some preliminary research into their credentials. For example, have they received any certifications? Do they specialize in anything? Are they affiliated with any professional associations? Do they have the proper licenses and insurance?
Ask for references.
Don't be afraid to do a background check. Good contractors will have no issue with passing along references. Ask questions such as: Did the contractor show up on time? Did the project stay on budget? Were they happy with the overall work and professionalism?
Set up a meeting.
Meet them face-to-face. Come prepared with questions about your project and see if your style and vision for the project pair well together.
More information is available at www.gtahomeandrenoshow.com or by visiting the upcoming 2016 GTA Home + Reno Show, February 12-15 at the International Centre.
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