Finding the Right Contractor

If home renovations are on your to-do list but you just don’t know where or how to start, hiring a contractor is a great thing to consider. Yes, we’ve all heard the horror stories on home renovations going awry because of bad contractors, but finding a good one is simpler than you think.

Here are a few things to consider ensuring you find the right contractor for the job:

  1. First and foremost, the best way to know if a contractor is both trustworthy and talented is to ask around for recommendations. A contractor who has done outstanding work for numerous people within your inner circle is unlikely to suddenly do a poor job on yours.
  2. If you do not know anyone who has a good recommendation for you, consider doing a simple online search to find contractors with 4 and 5 star reviews. Be wary though, if all the reviews are 5 stars with no explanation, they may be fraudulent reviews.
  3. If you find a contractor that you think may work, ask them for a list of their qualifications. Keep in mind though, that a lack of certification does not necessarily mean they are bad. Sometimes a greatly skilled worker just did not find it worth the money to register.
  4. Whether the contractor has a formal certification or not, the most important thing will be that they have good references. Ask them for a few references that you can call to hear first-hand experiences.
  5. Once you have narrowed down your search, asking the right questions is key. Here are a few to keep in mind:
    1. Can you provide a list of references?
    1. How long have you been in business?
    1. Do you have capacity to handle a job of this size?
    1. Are you available to start immediately?
    1. How long do you foresee this job taking?
    1. Have you ever been sued by a previous client for unsatisfactory results?
  6. And finally, before you choose the contractor, make sure they are asking YOU questions, too. It is important that the contractor is keen on getting your exact ideas before taking on your job and that they are not going to assume they know what you like and do not like.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your perfect contractor! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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