Tips for Finding the Right Contractor

Tips for Finding the Right ContractorIf you’re in the market to renovate your home, you’re not alone. Adding value and investing in upgrades and square footage can significantly enhance your home and put more money in your pocket down the road. However, finding a qualified and reliable contractor can be an overwhelming task. Rather than stress about finding the right one, take a look at this list of tips to help you find a professional and talented contractor to be by your side during this process. Even more importantly, secure your home and your assets with an iron-clad CT Home Insurance policy.

Ask for recommendations.

Start with your friends and family and then check in with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a list of members in your area. You can also talk with a building inspector, who’ll know which contractors routinely meet code requirements, says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. This Old House also suggests you pay a visit to your local lumberyard, which sees contractors regularly and knows which ones buy quality materials and pay their bills on time.

Phone interviews.

Speak with them over the phone to ask pertinent questions, including if they’ve taken on projects of your size in the past, if they can provide financial records, and how many projects they will be juggling at once.

Meet the contractors.

Line up a few meetings before hiring a contractor to ensure they are trustworthy. However, don’t rely on personality alone – check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure they do not have any disputes with other clients or subcontractors. Most importantly, ensure they communicate costs and plans clearly to put you at ease. Remember, they’re going to spend a lot of time in your home so be sure you choose the one you trust the most.

Set the payment schedule.

Financial status and work ethic can be displayed through the payment schedule. For large projects, a schedule usually starts with 10 percent at contract signing, three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced over the duration of the project and a check for the final 15 percent when you feel every item on the punch list has been completed.

Write up the contract.

All details of the project, including a start and end date, a budget, the payment schedule, and proof of all proper insurance policies should be put into a contract and signed by both parties.

About Byrnes Agency

Renovating your home can be a stressful project. However, ensuring you have CT homeowners insurance coverage from Byrnes Agency is essential to protect your property during the process. For more information on a customized insurance plan, contact one of our specialists today at one of our three locations.

Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Norwich Office

Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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