How Do I Know I Have a Good Contractor?

If you are remodeling or repairing units in your multi-family complex, the most important step is finding the right contractor. Only consider companies that have experience with multi-family properties. Companies that don’t won’t be able to fully meet your needs and may overextend your timeline and budget.

A good contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate of the work to be done. It’s extremely helpful if the contractor itemizes each work item so that you can easily compare the estimate to others you receive. Experienced contractors often include potential work items and costs that may be necessary during the course of the project. Having this information ahead of time will help you plan and budget accordingly.

Ask the contractor for references and check them before you make any commitments. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints have been filed against the company. You can find rating services online such as Yelp and Angie’s List that have unbiased customer reviews. Ask people in your community about their experiences with contractors. You can also contact your insurance agent, who may have a lot of information about local companies.
You should always check to make sure that the contractor is properly licensed and bonded. The company should have adequate liability, worker’s compensation and auto insurance. This will protect you in the case of an accident. The company should be able to produce all relevant insurance forms so that you can verify coverage.

A good contractor can help you work with your insurance company in many cases. The contractor can fully document any damage caused by hail, rain, storms or fire. They should be able to provide you with recommendations on filling out your insurance claims. Experienced contractors can help you negotiate with your insurer so that you receive fair compensation for all damages.

You should look for a contractor that provides warranties on the work they perform. This will protect the workmanship and materials. When contractors provide warranties, they are often experienced and qualified enough to guarantee their work. Warranties will usually vary depending on the type of project. Don’t work with a company that won’t provide warranties.