Choosing a Contractor, Part 1 of 3

Choosing a Contractor, Part 1 of 3:
Three Tips for Finding a Vendor You’ll Love

Choosing a contractor can be a daunting process. There are so many companies out there. Some are large, and some are small. Some have slick marketing departments, shiny mailers, and television ads; others rely on work of mouth. How can you begin winnowing down a huge list to a few that you’d like to meet?

Here are some ideas:

1. Talk to people you trust. This is the oldest, most tried and true method. Has a friend, relative, or neighbor recently renovated or added on to their home? Were you impressed with the results? Make a phone call. Walk over. Take a look. Ask who did the job and how the homeowner felt not only about the job, but about the process as well.

2. Do some online research. Does your community have a facebook page for such recommendations? Some local pages 10,000 members or more! That’s a lot of homes and a lot of experiences you can draw on. Ask who’s had a job like yours done and been happy with the results. Look at the websites of some local vendors, particularly at before and after photos.

3. Before you schedule any interviews, do one more thing: reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau to investigate your prospect’s reputation. Did you know that you can even search local court records for past problems?

Once you’ve gotten your list together, it’s time to make some calls and set some appointments…more on that coming up soon.