Very few people will invite strangers into their home without knowing, at a minimum, who they are and if they can be trusted; hiring a remodeling contractor should be no different. Home remodeling projects take a lot of time and investment, which means that you’ll most likely be interacting with your contractor a lot, and you would want someone you can get along with and rely on completely. Here are some things to check off your list before making a final decision:
Are they duly licensed or certified to offer their services in Chicago? Are they members of a respectable professional organization? Do they carry liability and property insurance? Having an established reputation and current professional records are positive signs for a contractor.
What do former clients have to say about their workmanship? How about their suppliers and subcontractors? Getting first-hand information from people they’ve already worked with can help you determine if they have a solid track record of providing high-quality service and establishing positive working relationships.
Will they handle the necessary permits and approvals? Are they in charge of the clean up? What are the warranties they can offer you and on what conditions? Shady contractors have ways of hiding shoddy work and deals from their clients, so performing a thorough background, quality, and guarantee check can save you from a lot of headache and hassle later on.