As you and I know, owning a home is a Huge investment and along with it a responsibility. There is always a “To Do List.” Weather it’s interior or exterior painting to be done, new flooring, upgrades to kitchen, bathrooms or basements the list goes on and on. Some of us welcome the challenge of a DIY home project because it’s exciting and the feeling of “I did it myself” is self gratifying. There’s some individuals who just want to hire a handyman, contractor or home maintenance service company to do the job and that’s ok too. What ever direction you choose to move forward with, make sure YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!
Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:
1- Look up a variety of Handyman, Home Maintenance Services and Contractors in your area on the internet
2- Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!
3- Ask for quotes, the more the better but be Leary, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.
4- Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a registered company?
5- Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.
6- Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask for before and after pictures. Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is Their work legitimate?
7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.
8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc. You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!
9- First impressions mean everything! In my opinion representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well groomed, answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable. If I had a bad feeling after the consultation and just didn’t feel right or confident somehow about this company then I would not want to do business with them. Especially in my home! Trust your instincts. They’re always right.
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