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How to Hire a Contractor - What to Look Out For, and How to Find the Right Fit

Your home is arguably one of the most important assets that you have, and it’s more than just an asset. It’s a part of your family. I strongly believe that homes have souls, and yours isn’t something to mess with! You can’t just trust anyone to make changes to it.

When you’ve had the revelation – like when you’ve stared at the wall that shouldn’t exist or the ugly kitchen cabinets for too long, then unless you’re a DIY warrior like Bob (don’t be like Bob), you’re off to Google to find a contractor!

Because not everyone knows a contractor. Well, some people do – but not everyone! So, this is my first tip for you. Ask around. Ask everyone that you can think of when it comes to finding the right fit. Ask your aunts and uncles, your friends, your co-workers – basically anyone that you would trust with your kids.

If you know someone who had an amazing experience with a construction company, then they’ll tell you and wah-BAM! That should solve your problem.

On the flip side, they may tell you that their experience with a certain company was horrible – and this may be your saving grace if you were considering working with a company that you found on Google.

Okay, so now you’ve narrowed it down. You’ve found a few potential contractors to work with and you’ve set up some initial consultations. So, now I’m going to recommend that you trust your gut.

No matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, you know what a gut feeling is. It’s that vibe that you just can’t ignore. Call it trusting you gut instinct, listening to your heart or following your intuition – something deep inside of you knows what to do.

If you’re getting a bad feeling about a company owner – but he’s talking himself up really well – listen to that bad feeling! Adversely, if you’re getting a great feeling of trust and respect during a meeting – lock that company down!

Contractors are always filling up their calendars, and the longer you hesitate, the less likely you are to have your project completed in a timely manner.

Lastly, I’ll recommend that you communicate. Throughout the entire process of your remodel, renovation or addition project – high quality communication is key. But, in the initial consultation stage, communication is everything.

Leave nothing on the table. Ask questions, make statements and make sure that you and your potential contractor see eye to eye on everything that the project entails. This way, nothing is left unsaid and there’s no chance of a relationship damaging miscommunication.

So, to summarize, when you’re trying to choose the right contractor, I recommend that you ask around, trust your gut, and communicate. If you use all three of these secrets, then you’ll likely find the best fit for your needs, in less time with less headache.

Lastly, if you’re in St. Catharines, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara Falls or any of the surrounding areas in the Niagara Region, then SteveBuilt would love to hear from you. We’re a family run business which specializes in renovations, remodels and additions. Reach out today!

To Your Success,

The SteveBuilt Team