How to Find a Good Contractor/Handyman

Buying a new home is a fresh start, with new décor options, and new spaces that fit your growing family or new lifestyle. One of the most common questions I receive from my clients is, what’s next? How do I find someone to make the adjustments and changes to my house after I’ve closed and moved in? Going about finding a contractor doesn’t have to be hard if you follow these simple steps.

1.    Start A Conversation

Past clients are always the best to ask when looking for contractor referrals. Ask other parents at your child’s school, your church, and your coworkers for handyman and contractor referrals.


 2.    Ask A Neighbor

Next time you are driving home, look at your neighbor’s homes. Who is having work done? And who are they using for their home remodel etc. Your neighbors can be excellent resources for finding contractors that have done quality work. Ask for a referral and find out if they would recommend using the company/contractor again.


 3.    Ask A Realtor

One of the big parts of my job is helping clients get their homes ready for a sale, or handling renovation and repair work as part of a contract negotiation. Not only are realtor’s well-versed contractors in the area, but also they can speak to particular projects, and can suggest trustworthy contractors to fit your budget and project timeline.


4.    Call Them

It is so important that you and your contractor work as a team. Before you meet them in person, give them a call to see if they are willing to do a project of your size, and if they could provide you with a list of previous clients.


5.    Meet Face to Face

At this point, show them your project, have them work up an estimate, and ask about other projects they are working on. This will give you a good idea how much time they will have to dedicate to your project, and what their availability will look like. Have them bid on your project mapping out costs for labor, materials etc.


 6.    Choose Your Contractor

Now you have all the information you need to make the best choice of a contractor that fits your home, your family, and your communication style. Get the bid in writing, and enjoy the completion of your home renovation!

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2020 by Sarah Milligan, Realtor®