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How to Find a
Good Contractor

So you’ve decided that it’s time to spruce your house up. You’ve got enough savings to cover your investment. But you don’t know which company is going to make your remodel dreams come true, and which companies are going to end up not finishing the job because of ‘unexpected delays’. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide on how to find a good contractor. 

Know Your Needs

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Some people have their entire remodel designs planned out, but if you’re not at that point – don’t worry! Some contractors have full design teams to help work your dreams into existence. In either case, you’ll want to make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to change and what you’re trying to accomplish.

For instance, if you know you want a larger closet or a more functional layout for your kitchen, you can take the concept and either build upon it on your own time or reach out to a designer to help you get things sorted with a professional. Regardless, you’ll want to spend time to make sure you understand your own wants before you have someone else try to understand them.

Know Your Budget

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Everyone has a budget, and it’s important that you know what you are able and comfortable with spending on your project. It can be hard to price a project until you have the details worked out, so you should get your wants and needs sorted, collect some rough estimates for your project, and then decide if you need to revise your plans based on your budget. 

Realize that big remodeling projects, like tearing up floors or removing walls, can lead to the discovery of costly problems after you get started, so it’s always smart to reserve a bit in your budget in case that happens. When things all go perfectly right, you’ll be able to celebrate that your project was completed under budget–and maybe even spend the extra money upgrading the “finishing touches” like paint, backsplashes, or fixtures.

Searching for a Contractor

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Now that you have everything sorted out on your end, it’s time to begin searching for a contractor who can help you move to the next step in your project. Everyone is always excited to get started, but it’s important that you take time with this step. A quick Google Search will yield plenty of results in your area for a contractor, so how you narrow things down? 

Here are some quick tips.

1. Make Sure They're Licensed and Insured

This is SO important. Especially with the rules and regulations in New York City. If you let an unlicensed and uninsured contractor onto your property and they get injured, you could end up becoming liable for their damages. Yeah, that $10,000 remodel just turned into a $150,000 medical bill. Make sure to check their credentials!

2. Check Previous Work

Check the contractor’s previous work to make sure that they’ve completed the projects that you’re looking to have done. Also make sure that the quality of all of their projects are up to par. If they’re cutting corners on one project and you can see that, they’re probably cutting corners on other projects with things you may be unable to see.

3. Are They Busy?

One of the easiest tips to vet a contractor is to see if they’ve got a steady stream of work. If people are hiring the contractor regularly, it’s a telling sign of their level of craftsmanship. If people are consistently choosing a specific contractor, it’s a good sign that they did their own research and came to the conclusion that this contractor was working with. You can tell how busy a contractor is by checking their social media to see how many new projects they’re posting pictures and video of, as well as by checking how far out they’re booking.

4. Written Contracts

This may come as a shock, but written contracts are one of the most important parts of hiring a contractor. It’s imperative that they provide you with a written contract after visiting the place you want remodeled. If they don’t, you can find yourself in deep water when they start the project, but then demand more money to finish it. Get it in writing!

Check Testimonials and References

Most contractors will proudly display their most recent testimonials and photos of their work directly on their website, just as Golden Talon Construction does. However, if you’re considering a company and you don’t see testimonials, photos, or references, always be sure to ask before considering a contractor for the job. This is the type of testimonial you should hope to find.

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Schedule a Consultation

If the initial estimations fit your budget and you like the work of a contractor, you’re good to move on to the next step, which is scheduling a consultation. This will give them the chance to come over, talk to you about your project’s specific requirements, and–of course–give you an official quote and timeline. If you do your due diligence, the rest of the project should be a breeze!

Make Sure They Fit Your Budget

Once you’ve determined that the contractor seems like a good fit, make sure that their written contract fits within your budget. You’ve most likely already gotten a sense of their rates while doing research, but it’s important to make sure that the written estimate they have provided you with after physically visiting the site is what you’re basing your final decision off of.

Hire Them!

If a contractor meets all of the criteria listed above and you have an overall good feeling about everything, hire them! Sign all of the necessary paperwork and get your project started. Another tip that you’ll be glad you were reminded about is to take before and after pictures! You’ll be shocked to see the difference a good contractor can make when tackling a remodel.

How to Find a Good Contractor

So you’ve decided that it’s time to spruce your house up. You’ve got enough savings to cover your investment. But you don’t know which company is going to make your remodel dreams come true, and which companies are going to end up not finishing the job because of ‘unexpected delays’. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide on how to find a good contractor. 

Know Your Needs

Depositphotos_30647975_ds_1

Some people have their entire remodel designs planned out, but if you’re not at that point – don’t worry! Some contractors have full design teams to help work your dreams into existence. In either case, you’ll want to make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to change and what you’re trying to accomplish.

For instance, if you know you want a larger closet or a more functional layout for your kitchen, you can take the concept and either build upon it on your own time or reach out to a designer to help you get things sorted with a professional. Regardless, you’ll want to spend time to make sure you understand your own wants before you have someone else try to understand them.

Know Your Budget

Depositphotos_186877960_ds-(1)

Everyone has a budget, and it’s important that you know what you are able and comfortable with spending on your project. It can be hard to price a project until you have the details worked out, so you should get your wants and needs sorted, collect some rough estimates for your project, and then decide if you need to revise your plans based on your budget. 

Realize that big remodeling projects, like tearing up floors or removing walls, can lead to the discovery of costly problems after you get started, so it’s always smart to reserve a bit in your budget in case that happens. When things all go perfectly right, you’ll be able to celebrate that your project was completed under budget–and maybe even spend the extra money upgrading the “finishing touches” like paint, backsplashes, or fixtures.

Searching for a Contractor

searching for a contractor

Now that you have everything sorted out on your end, it’s time to begin searching for a contractor who can help you move to the next step in your project. Everyone is always excited to get started, but it’s important that you take time with this step. A quick Google Search will yield plenty of results in your area for a contractor, so how you narrow things down? 

Here are some quick tips.

1. Make Sure They're Licensed and Insured

This is SO important. Especially with the rules and regulations in New York City. If you let an unlicensed and uninsured contractor onto your property and they get injured, you could end up becoming liable for their damages. Yeah, that $10,000 remodel just turned into a $150,000 medical bill. Make sure to check their credentials!

2. Check Previous Work

Check the contractor’s previous work to make sure that they’ve completed the projects that you’re looking to have done. Also make sure that the quality of all of their projects are up to par. If they’re cutting corners on one project and you can see that, they’re probably cutting corners on other projects with things you may be unable to see.

3. Are They Busy?

One of the easiest tips to vet a contractor is to see if they’ve got a steady stream of work. If people are hiring the contractor regularly, it’s a telling sign of their level of craftsmanship. If people are consistently choosing a specific contractor, it’s a good sign that they did their own research and came to the conclusion that this contractor was working with. You can tell how busy a contractor is by checking their social media to see how many new projects they’re posting pictures and video of, as well as by checking how far out they’re booking.

4. Written Contracts

This may come as a shock, but written contracts are one of the most important parts of hiring a contractor. It’s imperative that they provide you with a written contract after visiting the place you want remodeled. If they don’t, you can find yourself in deep water when they start the project, but then demand more money to finish it. Get it in writing!

Check Testimonials and References

Most contractors will proudly display their most recent testimonials and photos of their work directly on their website, just as Golden Talon Construction does. However, if you’re considering a company and you don’t see testimonials, photos, or references, always be sure to ask before considering a contractor for the job. This is the type of testimonial you should hope to find.

I was impressed with Adrian's knowledge, honest work ethic and reliability during the entire course of our home renovation.I especially appreciated his patience and creative input in exploring different options to accommodate our vision as well as our budget. Great job on each and every project in the house. Thank you again.
Catherine P
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Schedule a Consultation

If the initial estimations fit your budget and you like the work of a contractor, you’re good to move on to the next step, which is scheduling a consultation. This will give them the chance to come over, talk to you about your project’s specific requirements, and–of course–give you an official quote and timeline. If you do your due diligence, the rest of the project should be a breeze!

Make Sure They Fit Your Budget

Once you’ve determined that the contractor seems like a good fit, make sure that their written contract fits within your budget. You’ve most likely already gotten a sense of their rates while doing research, but it’s important to make sure that the written estimate they have provided you with after physically visiting the site fits within your budget. 

Hire Them!

If a contractor meets all of the criteria listed above and you have an overall good feeling about everything, hire them! Sign all of the necessary paperwork and get your project started. Another tip that you’ll be glad you were reminded about is to take before and after pictures! You’ll be shocked to see the difference a good contractor can make when tackling a remodel.