Angie's List Report: Hiring a Contractor

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Updated: 10/30/2013 10:44 pm
(WDEF)  If you're considering a major home improvement project its time to do some homework.  Completing a perfect addition means working with the right contractor.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "When interviewing your contractor you want to use some of the same skills you might use when interviewing someone for a job at work. You want to ask open-ended questions because you'll learn a lot more about how they'll handle situations. One of my favorite questions is to ask them about a job that didn't go right and how they fixed it."
    It's also important to ask questions that go beyond the basics of the project. Make sure you have a good rapport with the contractor. That can make communicating easier, especially when it comes to changes or problems in the middle of the job.
     Hicks added, "The most important questions homeowners can ask when hiring a contractor is whether they trust their gut instinct. Follow your gut instinct when interviewing especially if you're doing a kitchen remodel because you are going to have this company or contractors in your home for a long time. In fact, they kind of become a part of your family."
     There's a lot riding on any home improvement project, including time and money, so never hire someone you don't feel comfortable with.
     Gordon Welt is a homeowner.  He said, "To me, being involved - it's just like your car, everything else - it's an investment. If you're not involved you don't have an excuse for the product you get at the end. So, take the initiative. Be involved and speak up during the whole process and that's the only way you can get a good product at the end."
     Always treat hiring like building a relationship rather than just carrying out a transaction.
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