Whenever you hear home improvement, it makes you want to scream, doesn’t it? Usually, people associate home renovation with stress, a lot of mess and frustration. Just thinking about everything this whole process comes with, makes them want to run the opposite way. According to a consumers’ study, the main reason people postpone their home renovation projects as much as possible has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with the stress that comes with the project.

Hiring a good contractor will help eliminate that stress. When you have a good contractor working on your home renovation project, the whole process becomes much easier and less messy. How can you find a good contractor? There are several steps that will help you choose the best contractor for your home.

Get informed

Research the National Association of Remodeling Industry for professionals in your area. It is important to work with a local professional because it helps you cut back on the costs, and it also ensures you that if a problem appears, there will be somebody nearby to take care of it. Do a research on local contractors and make a short list with a couple of firms that have drawn your attention.

Interview them through telephone

The great advantage of interviewing contractors through telephone is that it saves you a lot of time. If you have ten firms on your short list, just by having a 15-minute call with each of them will help you get a better image in just two hours. When you interview them, firstly describe your project as accurately as possible and tell them when you want it ready. Ask them if they can complete the job within your deadline. The next step is to ask them about the materials they are going to use and keep their answers in mind. Finally, ask them about their quotes and referrals.

Check their credentials

By now you should have eliminated half of the contractors on your shortlist, based on their quote and their availability to complete your home renovation project within the deadline. For the other half, check their referrals and credentials, as well as the materials they use. You can also check for their online reviews on websites like Angie’s List or Better Business Bureau.

Check their insurance and license

At this point, based on credentials, you have probably chosen a contractor already. Before hiring them, make sure to check their license and insurance certificate. In this line of work, they need to have a license and to be insured in case anything goes wrong. If they can provide you with the right license number and a proper insurance certificate, then it’s safe to hire them.

Design a contract

There’s one more thing you need to do before starting your home renovation project. You need to design a contract in which the contractor will specify the final cost of the project, as well as the separate costs of the labor and materials. When it comes to advance payment, never pay the contractor all the money at once. It’s okay to pay them 10 – 15% upfront, but that’s it. Also, ask them for copies of the receipts for materials and specify the deadline in the contract. After that you are ready to start your home renovation work without any worry.