Ready to Remodel Your Chicago Home? Take the Steps to Find the Right Contractor
Planning to remodel your aging kitchen? Maybe you’d like to add a master bathroom or finally build that sunporch of your dreams.
If so, you’re not alone. Homeowners, ever since the days of the Great Recession ended, have been spending plenty of money on home-improvement projects.
That’s good news for the economy, but the rise in home-improvement projects could also mean challenges to Chicago homeowners. As a recent story in the Chicago Tribune says, contractors are busy today. This means finding one for your home-improvement project can sometimes be difficult.
The Tribune story, though, does offer some tips for homeowners interested in hiring a contractor. If you follow the story’s advice, you’ll increase your odds of hiring a dependable contractor who turns in good work.
The Tribune story recommends that you talk to neighbors, friends and family members about their contracting experiences. Many of these people will have worked with contractors in the past. If these contractors showed up on time, finished their jobs on budget and turned in good work, your friends and family members will surely feel comfortable recommending them to you.
And you can feel comfortable knowing that you’ll be working with contractors who’ve already proven they can do a good job.
The Tribune says, too, that you should solicit bids from several contractors before choosing one. An expert quoted in the story, in fact, recommends that you get at least five estimates from contractors before making a decision.
When you get these bids? Don’t always choose the lowest. It’s important to make your decision on a contractor based on referrals and recommendations from others, not just on whichever one comes in with the lowest bid.
Finally, the Tribune recommends that you tour past projects done by contractors. That way you can see exactly the type of work these contractors turn in. An expert in the Tribune story says to shy away from contractors who aren’t willing to show you examples of their past work.