Hiring Tip #1: Is the Contractor Legit?
The first step to take before interviewing a potential contractor is to make sure they’re a legitimate contractor with a history of quality work.
Start by checking to make sure the contractor you’re considering is licensed in the state in which the work will be performed. At a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, search for “contractor license lookup [insert state],” to find the website of the contractor licensing board for your state.
Search the licensing board website for the name of the individual or company you are considering hiring to make sure they are in good standing and have a current contracting license. This will ensure that the contractor you hire is licensed and has undergone proper training. The state licensing site may also list any complaints that have been made against the contractor in question.
Another great way to make sure the contractor is legit is by reading online reviews on websites such as Facebook, Yelp, Yellow Pages, and Angie’s List. These websites can provide you with valuable feedback on a contractor’s work and customer satisfaction.
You should also ask prospective contractors for contact information on past clients who had similar work done, then call and get their feedback on the contractor and see if you can stop by and look at the work.
It’s also a good idea to make sure a contractor has an actual physical address on business cards and estimates, rather than just a P.O. Box. This will make tracking them down much easier if a problem arises.