Most Homeowners Want to Check References
But Oftentimes They Aren’t Sure What They Should Ask
I know that most people want to check references but many believe that “no one will provide a poor reference.” This is probably because most remodeling contractors will provide 3 references if asked. Every remodeling contractor should be able to find at least 3 people that were satisfied with their work.
Many people who lost their jobs due to the economy started a remodeling and handyman business. Many commercial contractors have started to offer remodeling services to make ends meet.
Unfortunately these companies don’t have the experience or training to complete a quality remodeling project. They will be learning as they go. If you make the mistake and hire one of these companies you will wish you had done a better job up front of checking their references thoroughly.
With all of these new companies entering the residential remodeling market, it is imperative that you take a little more time to check the references of every remodeling contractor you seriously consider hiring.
My name is Erik Bergstrom. I started EBCON in 2003 and I have worked diligently to build a reputable and financially stable company.
Even small remodeling contractors complete 25 jobs every few years so asking for 10 references shouldn’t be a big deal.
Simple Questions You Can Ask to Thoroughly Check a Reference
The following questions were provided to me by Rivers of Revenue LLC – a well-known consulting company that has been advising and educating both homeowners and residential contractors on professional business practices for almost 10 years.
These questions will tell you a lot about the contractor and how they rate on timeliness, cleanliness, adherence to the quoted price and professionalism.
The consultants at Rivers of Revenue LLC recommend that you prepare a list of 5 to 10 questions to ask each contractor.
You should also confirm the type and the scope of the project that was completed.
A prepared list will put you at ease and help you get the information you need to make the best decision about the company.
If the person you are calling seems reluctant to provide specific answers or seems to be providing vague answers - that should be a red flag.
I am providing this information as a service so you can make the best decision possible. I hope that you will find it useful in your search and I trust that you will be very satisfied with the answers you receive from my clients.
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