When having any work performed at your California home, you want to ensure that a contractor is prepared for the job. Failure to do so could result in an unsatisfying completed project or even lead to a legal dispute if you feel that a contractor failed to live up to his or her end of the bargain. Fortunately, you can raise the odds of finding a suitable contractor with these tips from U.S. News & World Report.
Ask around for references
Chances are someone you know has had work performed at their home recently. If so, ask this person about his or her experience with a specific contractor. Friends and family are the best sources to ask for references, as you know you'll get the full story on the quality of work. If you can't think of anyone off the top of your head, consider using social media or even checking out online review sites.
Set up interviews
Once you have a few companies in mind, go about setting up interviews. Submit a bid with as many specifics as possible and provide it all the contractors you interview. This is a good way to determine a reasonable as price, which prevents you from being overcharged (or falling victim to a price that's too good to be true.) Also, take this time to ask questions about things like insurance and licensing, which can tell you a lot about a business.
Read through the contract
Once you settle on a contractor, make sure your read through the contract. All details should be explicitly laid out. Anything too vague or not included could lead to headaches later if you dispute these costs. Also, make sure your contractor specifies which materials should be used. Materials make up a large portion of costs and opting for more expensive items after the fact could greatly increase the final bill.