Choosing new flooring, designing a remodel, or planning for a renovation can be exciting activities. However, hiring a contractor can seem like a daunting task. Once you know what to look for in a contractor, you can be confident in finding someone who fits your needs and understands your vision. Here are few factors to consider as you shop around.
No matter how experienced a contractor claims to be, check that the person has the qualifications to back it up. Look up your state’s professional license board to verify the contractor’s licensing and current standing. Ask contractors what other certifications they have, such as from professional organizations and manufacturers. Also make sure they have sufficient liability insurance coverage and provide bonding.
If you are redoing multiple floors, consider someone who handles different types of materials. If you are putting in new floors for only one area, consider someone who specializes in the specific material you want to install.
Narrow down your options by reviewing each one’s reputation. Read testimonials, check online rating sites, and find more information from the Better Business Bureau. As helpful as these are, it’s wise to talk to real customers and see work samples yourself, as well. Request references and ask if there are current and final projects you can visit. If a contractor is hesitant complying with any of these, it might be a good idea to move on.
To make your final selection, request written bids outlining the following details.
- Estimated costs
- Project schedule
- All work that will be done
- All materials that will be used
- Payment schedule
- Property protection and cleanup
The more details included, the easier it will be to compare and contrast the bids to find the best one.
By reviewing qualifications, reputation, and bids you can find the right contractor for your flooring installation, remodel, or new construction!