Recently This Old House published an article called “Top 8 Pro Tips on How to Hire a Contractor”. They cited the following in regards to hiring a contractor:
1. Get recommendations
2. Do phone interviews
4. Investigate the facts
5. Make plans, get bids
6. Set a payment schedule
7. Don’t let price be your guide
8. Put it in writing
While those are valid criteria for hiring a contractor, we have a few other ideas to keep in mind.
1. Are they a member of a professional industry association such as the BIA or Associated Builders and Contractors? Contractors in these arenas agree to certain standards and practices. These organizations are great forums for discussing current industry legislation, helping solve problems, and understanding programs like the Ohio BWC Drug Free Workplace. Many of these associations host seminars on many different topics that are directly related to the building industry.
2. Are they stuck in a time warp or do they integrate new products and developments related to the industry? New products are developed all the time that save time, money, easier to install, or that help sustain the environment. Some are hybrids and use current technology. Hiring a contractor that keeps up to date with current product trends is crucial to keep your project up-to-date.
3. Do they use current technology? Everyone has a Smartphone nowadays and it’s about time we use them to their capacity. Smartphones are integrated with apps that can help estimate a job, take pictures and email back to the office, or communicate face to face. Using technology is a win-win for everyone because using one device instead of many saves money.
4. Are they socially savvy? Do they use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or blogs to let you know what is currently going on with that company? Do they show you pictures of jobs they are currently working on? Do they “tweet” updates or specials? Any contractor that uses these tools values his client.
5. How many years have they been in business? Have they served the same area? Are they under the same leadership? Do they support local businesses and subcontractors thus sustaining the local economy?
We agree with all of the above! Call us today to find out how we can help you with your next project!