Contractor Hiring Tips
Hiring a contractor doesn't have to be a game of chance. We believe if you follow the tips below, you'll be just fine. Infact, we challenge you to find Colorstyle, Inc. to be anything less than what's outlined below. Or take our customers' word for it and read what they are saying about us on Angie's List!
Tip #1: Price
When choosing the best price, make sure that you compare apples-to-apples. Compare written estimates (not verbal promises) regarding the amount of preparation, quality of materials, number of coats etc. The lowest price is seldom the best price.
- NOTE: If a contractor believes that price is all that matters, they will endeavor to keep their price as low as possible. They may omit items that are marginally necessary, use less expensive products, or simply cut corners. They may give the customer limited opinions, believing that the more expensive alternatives will not be considered. No matter their specific tactic, they will try to have the lowest price, because in their mind that is how the job will be won.
Tip #2: Promptness
A contractor who keeps the appointment for an estimate is more likely to arrive promptly for the job and complete the project on time.
Tip #3: Communication
How a contractor responds to phone calls can be an indication of your ability to contact him after the work begins. If you must wait days for a return phone call, will the same occur after the job starts?
Tip #4: Insurance
Adequate insurance is important for your protection. Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance.
Tip #5: Written Proposal
A well written Proposal will carefully describe what is included in the job. This allows both parties to clarify any omissions or misunderstandings. The Proposal speaks volumes about the professionalism of the contractor.
Tip #6: References
Any contractor should be able to produce a list of good references. Drive by a recently completed job and look at the quality of their work.
Tip #7: Consumer Awareness
No two jobs are exactly alike. A good contractor will listen to learn what you need and/or desire. They will pay attention to your comments and questions and make recommendations suited to your purposes.
Tip #8: Trust
A contractor may be at or in your home for weeks. Be certain that you feel comfortable with them.