Home Improvement; Guidelines for Selecting a Contractor
In today’s world the most valuable asset owned by people is their home. And when considering any size home improvement project, protecting this investment should be top priority. The first step in any remodeling or improvement project is to select the right contractor. Prudent homeowners will make their selection carefully and after thoughtful consideration. Is the contractor licensed, and is he experienced? If so, in what particular area is his expertise? How to find a Qualified Contractor: One source for locating a qualified, experienced contractor is from other people who have had similar remodeling work done. When talking with contractors, request references and take the time to check them out.
Check with a service that keeps track records of various contractors. You can also use online resources, such as Handy Canadian.com, for locating a qualified contractor in your area. Hire only a home improvement contractor with strong referrals and high rankings. Depending on the type of project you are planning, you may need to deal with any of the following professional contractors: Architects are designers of homes, buildings, and home improvement remodeling projects.
You may want to consult one if your project includes new construction or structural changes. Designers usually have expertise in a certain area of the home, such as interior decorating, and bedroom or bath design. Design/build contractors see your project through from concept to completed construction, and may have an architect or certified designer on staff. General Contactors oversee the entire construction process, and sub-contract specialized contractors such as plumbers or electricians. Specialized contractors are highly proficient in their individual area, such as dry wall, paint, or cabinetry.
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