How to Choose the Right Contractor for the Job
Sometimes the goal of a home project is to increase the size of a room or enlarge a living area like the kitchen or master bathroom.
Either way, every project starts somewhere. Once the dreams begin, the groundwork must be laid before anyone can start a major home improvement project. The beginning of adding a wall, for example, starts with making sure the ground is level. After that, the foundation can be poured, then the frame work begins, etc.
And so goes the process of choosing the right contractor. Do you blindly pick a flashy advertisement? Do you react to introductory offers that insult the buying public’s intelligence?
Here are five ways to pick the right contractor:
1) First and foremost, make sure the contractor has a license. There are many people posing as legitimate contractors. You can check a license here: http://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch/app or 586-2700.
2) Check to see if the contractor has insurance. All quality contractors carry workers compensation, as required by law, and also general liability insurance. They should be able to show you current certificates of insurance to prove they have coverage. The minimum should be $1 million.
3) Is the contractor a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)? The BBB is a public service that provides consumers a place to rate a contractor, solve disputes and file complaints if necessary. An A+ rating is the highest grade given.
4) Does the contractor have a place of business? Many contractors work out of their homes or store your products in a local storage facility. Beware of starts-ups claiming to have been in business for years.
5) How long has the contractor been in business? The answer should be straight forward: We’ve been in business for more than 10 years, for example. Be wary of the guy who says, “We’ve been in business for more than 25 years, but this is a new venture.”
These are just a few reasons to choose the right contractor. Windows Hawaii has a well seasoned crew who can make your project a pleasure, not a headache.
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