Hiring a contractor for a home exterior project like a sunroom or deck can feel like an overwhelming process at first. The reality is, there are a lot of contractors out there who can claim to get the job done.
But, because projects like these can be big investments (and you obviously want them done right!), it’s important to know what you’re getting into when you choose a contractor.
So, there are a few questions you can ask before you make your final decision in order to feel comfortable and confident that you’re working with the right contractor for the job.
1. What’s Your Background and License Number?
It’s important to know if a contractor you’re considering has ever done business under a different name. If they have (and you can ask them directly!), they may not want to talk about it due to negative reviews or even potential legal issues they may have gotten into.
You should also always ask for the license number of any contractor you’re considering. A contractor has to be registered with the state. Having their license number will allow you to look up any previous claims that may have been made against them, so you can be sure their ‘record’ is clear before you hire them.
2. How Can I Contact You?
While many contractors can be independent, you should trust your gut when it comes to getting in touch with them. If they don’t have a website, physical address, or multiple forms of connection, it could be a red flag.
That isn’t to say contractors that give you nothing more than a cell number or personal email address are all “shady,” but you may need to do a bit of extra research on them. The last thing you want is to not be able to contact them in the middle of a project, or years later if something goes wrong. Using a contractor that’s attached to a reputable company with many lines of communication can often be a safer bet.
3. How Much Will This Cost?
It’s okay (and a good idea) to get several estimates from different contractors before making your decision. While an extremely low quote can be tempting, it also could be another red flag when it’s significantly lower than the others.
The best thing you can do when looking for a contractor is to combine all of your research and information. Look for someone who is upfront about their business, their history, and their pricing, and don’t be afraid to look through reviews or ask for testimonials from previous clients/customers. You should never feel as though a contractor you’re considering is trying to hide anything from you.
We’re proud to be a trusted name when it comes to exterior home projects. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming exterior project whether you’re looking for a decking contractor or information about sunrooms, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide clear, accurate information that can make the experience easy and stress-free for you.