How to Choose the Right Contractor

ContractorChoosing the right contractor can make or break your home project. Having someone that you can trust to get the job done right can save you from stress, delays, or a blown budget. After all, you’re uprooting your life for a remodel or renovation; the last thing you need is an unexpected problem! 

While choosing a contractor who meets your needs is no small task, neither is a home renovation. Here’s how to choose the right person for the job: 

Ask for Referrals

Check-in with friends, family, and neighbors to find out who they used on their last home project. Most contractors’ resumes are their portfolios of past projects. Local contacts who had a great experience and are happy to show you their completed remodel or renovation are perfect opportunities to start narrowing the field. 

If you struggle to find referrals, ask potential contractors about clients who may serve as a reference.

Make Sure Your Contractor Is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured

Licensed contractors have to take an exam to prove that they are knowledgeable about building codes and processes. A licensed contractor knows all of the safety requirements and permits necessary to complete your project correctly. If they don’t, they run the risk of losing their license. 

Additionally, if you hire one that is uninsured, you could be liable for any injury they sustain while working on your job or any damage they incur. 

Get Estimates

Once you make a shortlist of who comes recommended and are licensed, bonded and insured, it’s time to ask for bids on your project. To help you compare offers accurately, each contractor breaks down their cost of materials, labor, and other expenses. 

Be wary of a lowball bid. Any contractors whose proposals come in drastically lower than all competitors may be cutting corners, using defective materials, or are desperate for work. In a healthy economy, that’s a red flag! 

When selecting a contractor, ensure that you’re working with a team with a stellar reputation and impeccable standards. Call MBC Capital General Contractors at 337-366-3237 or reach out through our website to get started today!