Choosing a home improvement contractor is not always easy. You want a professional who is affordable and reliable. You don’t want to hire someone who shows up twice and vanishes with your dad’s money. You don’t want someone who does shoddy work.
How do you find the right contractor without running into problems days or weeks from now? Experts recommend asking these questions.
What Licenses or Certifications Do You Hold?
Ask the contractor what licenses are held. Get information and verify that the license is valid. You can do this by checking with your state. Ask the state if there are any complaints against that contract. Look up the contractor’s name online to see if there are any news articles regarding complaints or fraud.
Find and read online reviews. Use sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook to get information. The Better Business Bureau may have some information, but you want personal accounts from people who don’t seem to be family members or friends of the contractor.
Where Have You Done Work?
Ask for the names and addresses of former clients. Stop by or call and see if they’ll talk to you about their experience. You’ll at least be able to see the quality of exterior work if the property is visible from the road.
Talk to Neighbors and Family Friends
Talk to your neighbors and family friends to see if they have a contractor they use. You could also ask your co-workers. If you can get a personal recommendation, it’s ideal as you know you can trust the person recommending the contractor.
Is the Contractor Insured?
Make sure the home improvement contractor carries insurance. It’s a protective measure against damage, errors, or injury. It’s recommended that the contractor specifically carries policies for personal liability, property damage, and workman’s comp.
Verify the Contractor’s Business Information
Ask the contractor for a physical address and phone number. If the phone number seems to have no history online, there’s the chance it’s a burner phone. Make sure the physical address has a home or business at that location. Stop by and make sure the contractor truly lives or works at that address.
A safe home is one way to keep your dad in his home. He’ll be able to age independently if his home is designed to meet his needs. Caregivers are also important. Caregivers can help him with the household tasks that prove more challenging. Talk to him about the areas where he’d like help and make a call.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering a Caregiver in Verona, WI please contact the caring staff at Agape Senior Services Madison today. (608) 841-1004