When you’re searching for a remodeling contractor, one of the most important things to do is to check their references. A contractor with no references should give you pause: it’s likely they don’t have references for a reason. But checking a remodeling contractor’s references isn’t as easy as just verifying that they have them. To really be sure that a contractor’s references are legit, you’ll have to go a little bit deeper. Here’s how to go about it.
How to Check a Remodeling Contractor’s References
Ask for References
First, ask the contractor for a list of references. A good contractor will provide you with a list and invite you to follow up on them.
Contact the References
Now it’s time to follow up. Contact the references and ask politely if they wouldn’t mind you visiting their home to view the contractor’s work for yourself.
Go to the Site
Go to at least one site and more if possible. This way you’ll be able to get a better idea of the variety of the contractor’s work and talk to several former clients. Look over the work that was done to judge it for quality, aesthetics, and if it matches with the style you’re looking for.
Ask the reference plenty of questions about their experience working with the contractor. Examples of questions include:
Were they easy to work with?
Did they arrive on time?
Did they make an effort to work with the homeowner on scheduling?
Were there any miscommunications or misunderstandings that lead to difficulties?
Would they work with this contractor again?
How has the work held up in the time since it was completed.
Did the contractor follow up to make sure they were satisfied?
References are one of the most important factors in considering a remodeling contractor, which is why it’s important to go about checking them in the right way. Be thorough with your references, and you’ll find a contractor that works for you.
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