Hiring a residential contractor can be an overwhelming and nerve-racking task. How do you know if you are hiring the best person for the job? What questions do you ask to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate contractor, and not someone who will take your money and leave your property a mess?
A recent survey from the Consumer Federation of America (cited in the infographic below) reveals that home improvement and construction-related complaints to state and local consumer agencies ranked second highest among all types of complaints, topped only by auto-related complaints. The most common types of construction job complaints included poor workmanship and failure to start or complete the work in a timely fashion.
With all this in mind, it is crucial to get multiple estimates for a home improvement project. If you sense red flags, you’ll have no doubt about it after you compare a bad contractor to a good one. If comparison shopping works when buying new furniture, how much better will it work when buying a new bathroom or kitchen? With a home improvement project of any size, it pays to be methodical and careful, and not let the lure of an easy fix turn into a nightmare. The below infographic will help you learn exactly how to do that.
Graphic created by CraftJack, a provider of leads for painting jobs.