Choosing the right contractor is the most important decision you will make in your project!

Plan for success.

Get two or three bids to gauge the going rate for work. But don't jump at the lowest bid; surveys have shown that people who hired the lowest bidder frequently got poorer results.

Get an estimate. 

It should include a detailed list of products, materials and labor costs and a timetable.  Compare services and prices before making a final decision.  (Do not feel pressured by anyone to make your decision if someone is pushing you, they are probably trying to protect their commission!)

Choose local contractors. 

This is important!  Surveys have indicated that people who hire local contractors were happier and had fewer problems and cost overruns than those who hired contractors from outside the local area.  Readers who hired local professionals recommended by a friend or neighbor were more satisfied than those who hired strangers.

Get references from recent and older jobs. 

Reputable contractors will be happy to provide names and contact information for satisfied customers.  Ask us for a list of referrals and see how important those have been for us!

Look for proper insurance. 

Make sure the contractor has proper general liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance.  Check with your local government for permit requirements and confirm with the contractor who is responsible for paying for and obtaining permits. 

Check the Better Business Bureau for filed complaints.

The BBB is a great place to start.  Check the contractor’s record and rating.  Also contact your state’s attorney general’s office.  Should you encounter a problem or fraud later on, report problems or fraud to your state attorney general.

Obtain a contract. 

A written contract will specify what will be done to complete the job, list associated costs and the payment schedule.  Never sign a blank contract or a contract with unfilled blank spaces.

Make final payments only when the work is completed to your satisfaction. 

A reputable contractor will not threaten you or pressure you to sign documents if the job is not finished properly.

See why Richmond Contracting is the home improvement partner for you! 

Call us today to see how we can make your home projects stress-free and how we can exceed your expectations.