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5 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

When planning a home remodeling project or any other type of construction, one of the most important steps is choosing a contractor you can trust to do the job right. But how do you know which construction company to pick? By considering a few basic points, you can find a contractor who is reputable, honest, and skilled—you just need to ask the right questions.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

1. Reputation

Any good contractor should have a number of satisfied customers who are willing to sing their praises. Whether you’re asking for recommendations from friends or reading reviews online, look for a pattern of quality work and happy homeowners.

2. Suppliers

Ask the company you’re considering for a list of their suppliers. This will serve two purposes: to show you the quality of materials they use, and to put you in touch with people inside the industry who may have their own take on the company’s reputation.

3. Specialties

Ideally, the contractor you hire should be familiar with the type of project you’re planning. Specific experience handling similar projects is a good way to ensure your contractor will provide you with the results you desire.

4. Documentation

Your contractor should have all their paperwork in order well before construction starts. This includes insurance for all their personnel, as well as any licenses required in your area for construction work.

5. Estimate

If a contractor plans to cheat you, they won’t want to provide a detailed written estimate. On the other hand, an honest company should be happy to write down and itemize their expected costs, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

Having the work done right the first time is worth the effort to find the best contractor available. Before you hire a construction company, make sure you look at their operation from every angle.

Jay-Bilt provides top quality construction and remodeling to a broad area of Southeastern MI. We specialize in custom garages, home additions, James Hardie Siding, and Andersen Windows, among various other services. Our service area includes the cities of Livonia, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Northville, Plymouth, Novi, and Canton.

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