Although the housing market in Florida isn’t exactly booming, it is slowly recovering and opening many doors to new projects. Both individual homeowners’ and community associations’ are starting to plan renovations and new construction. With these potential projects comes the process of choosing a contractor. Although community associations have to abide by Florida Legislature’s rules, it does not make it any easier for them to choose a contractor. Choosing the right contractor for your project requires a lot of thought and “shopping” around. After all, quality of the work and the safety of your family and possessions are important. Apart from ensuring safety within the realm of your home improvement project, there are three important things to look for when choosing a contractor; a good reputation/references, qualifications, and professional work attitude.
Contractor Reputation/References: First off, the lowest bid is not always the best choice, so make sure you are able to get a few bids in order to compare qualifications. Do an extensive amount of research and ask around.
Ask your neighbors, family, and friends that have had recent construction work done if they have any recommendation. Also do not be afraid to ask architectural firms or design firms for any professional advice and recommendations. Even the internet has websites such as www.yelp.com to search through reviews of prospective contractors.
Confirm that your prospective contractor has a positive reputation in the community. Procure their past projects and ask those clients for testimonials.
Contractor Qualifications: All contractors need to be licensed and insured. You may do this by contacting your city’s building code inspector, local business bureau, or a builder’s licensing board. You should also be educated on the extent of which his insurance covers; make sure the contractor has general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
Contractor Professional work attitude: A good contractor will have your best interest. They will ensure that they completely understand your needs and desires and make sure it’s cost efficient and done in a timely manner. They will also have great communication; both verbal and written. They should also be able to respond promptly to your concerns. Lastly, they should have a positive attitude!
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