Finding Good Home Remodeling Contractors

By Greg Vanden Berge

It's time to remodel your home, and you're looking for a contractor that you can trust and someone who will give you a reasonable and fair price for your remodeling project.

There's nothing new here, people have been looking for the same thing for years. This is probably one of the best home remodeling or home repair magazine topics and will continue to be for many years.

There are thousands of remodeling contractors out there who seem to do pretty good work. Some of these remodeling contractors even separate themselves by doing exceptional work and over delivering.

So how do I actually find a good home remodeling contractor? I've looked in the Yellow Pages, I've asked all of my friends and they all tell me the same thing. I have someone that I would recommend, they do pretty good work and I think that you would be happy with them.

I don't think this is what you're looking for, when you're trying to find a good, and I would like to emphasis the word good home remodeling contractor. You're not looking for a referral from somebody who was satisfied, you're looking for a referral from someone who was extremely happy.

Where are these contractors located? Here's the best piece of advice that I could ever give anyone who is looking for a home remodeling contractor. Stay away from online services. Some of these services charge hefty fees to their contractors. I know one that charges 10% of the total price of your job. In other words if you hire a home improvement contractor from this particular online contractor referral service, you can expect them to add at least 10% to the overall total cost of your job.

Most of the referrals that I have gotten and seen others receive, often seemed to produce the same results as having a monkey select someone out of the phone book. In other words, I have met quite a few homeowners who weren't very happy with their referrals.

I would like to leave you with the best tip that I could possibly give any homeowner who is looking for a remodeling contractor. Go with your gut feeling, write down a few questions to ask your contractor and asked them. If you're not comfortable with his personality or any of the answers that these contractors have given you, try to find another contractor who you get along with.

It's not always going to be the best price, the lowest estimate, the best referral or even hiring a contractor who has completed the greatest number of jobs. Sometimes, you simply need to use your intuition, along with the information that you have gathered to make the best decision about hiring any remodeling contractors.

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