Hiring any contractor should require a little research and a little work. If you want to get lazy, that on you. If you want to do the best you can do to avoid undesirable outcomes, then follow these tips.
The first thing that anyone must be honest about is their general state of mind. Have you been screwed before by a contractor?
If you have its important to be aware of these feelings and try and not project them on a potential good future contractor. The odds are that any contractor you have hired has been screwed harder than you could ever be.
I’m not saying ignore gut feelings or anxiety. Just be aware of it while using these guides and step by ste processes to help weed out unqualified help.
Yes, use your gut. How do you fell about the person presenting to you? Do they seem knowledgeable in their trade? Do you notice any character flaws?
What type of vehicle did they show up in?
How were they dressed?
Where they pushy or were they educational and respectful?
Did they respect the fact that you were getting several bids and will be making this decision on your own time when you are ready?
If your state issues licenses do, they have one?
Do they have a business address or real location?
How do thier reviews look?
What is their rating on the BBB?
What does their written proposal look like? Read this too
Do they have references?
Do their Google reviews look good? above 4 stars?
Do they care about their companies’ reputation?
Are they involved with industry groups and associations that provide accountability?
Do your expectations and theirs line up?