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Blog 07/11/19

How to Find a Reliable Home Restoration Contractor, San Diego, CA

Finding reliable and effective home restoration services can seem like a daunting task. With this comprehensive guide on what to look for and how to best prepare for your search, you can set yourself up for success. 

Know What You’d Like and Be as Specific as Possible

Before you begin your home renovation project, make sure to have an idea of what you would like before meeting with any general contractors. The more specific you are in regards to what you would like done during your house restoration and what materials you would like used, the more accurate your estimate will be.  

Do Your Research

After you figure out what you’re looking to accomplish, ask around for references. If your friends, family or neighbors have completed a similar project in their house, ask who they used and what their experience was like. Finding a contractor that frequently and successfully completes projects that are similar to yours is also very important. Additionally, if available, check references. Home restoration is a big undertaking and making sure that current or former clients would recommend their contractor is important.  

Check websites such as Yelp, Google, or the Better Business Bureau to see what the masses say about various contracting services. These reviews can help give you an idea of how it is to work with the home restoration contractor. During this time of the home restoration process, check contractor’s licenses. Make sure the home restoration contractor is in good standing with local and state municipalities. 

Ask the Right Questions

When you do start interviewing contractors for home restoration, it is important to ask what work will be completed by the contractor’s employees and what will be completed by subcontractors. Asking what will be subcontracted can help to determine how serious and committed a contractor is to their projects. Also, asking each contractor what they envision the timeline and budget to be for your home restoration work can help set reasonable expectations and separate any outliers from the rest of the contractors you are talking to. An important question to ask during your vetting process is in regards to who will be setting up all the required permits.  If the contractor says you, that is a red flag. Permits should be filed under the home restoration contractor’s number and if they are asking you to do this, do not use them for your home restoration services. 

You Found the Home Restoration Contractor for You, Now What?

Once you’ve decided to hire a contractor, make sure to sign a contract. The contract should lay out the scope of work, materials to be used, deadlines, and payment structure. It may seem excessive, but having a contract in place helps to manage expectations and ensure that the project remains in order.  Also, account for and anticipate additional expenses that may arise. Unfortunately, as much planning that goes into each project, the contractor may find issues once the project begins. During this step, make sure to determine what is covered by your insurance vs. what will be out of pocket expenses. Should anything arise, during your home restoration project, this should expedite the process of getting it resolved. 

Before the construction begins, make sure to set rules as to what hours your house can be worked on, what needs to be cleaned up after each work day, and what area of the house workers do not have access to.  

Communication is Key

With anything in life, communication is crucial, the same can be said for home restoration work. If you as the homeowner do not like the direction the project is headed, voice your concerns to your contractor. It is better to speak up and have the project completed correctly and to your standards than to hope for the best.  

Asking for invoices for labor and materials before your payment is due can also help to make sure everything is accounted for and paid accordingly as the construction progresses.  

Project Conclusion and Wrap-Up

Do not make the final payment until your home restoration project is completed. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed before payment is sent, set up a time to meet with your home restoration contractor to get the issue ironed out.  

With these tips and tricks on finding the best contractor for your home restoration project, you’ll find a certified Bill Howe contractor can do all this while delivering unparalleled customer service. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE to schedule your appointment today!

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