Take Your Time
The best thing to do before you start interviewing contractors is educate yourself. While you do not have to be an expert on backyard renovations, you should have a general idea of what your needs and wants are. Make a wish list and a budget. This will give you an idea of what you can get for the money you’re willing to spend.
Talk To Friends And Neighbors
Referrals are a great source for finding a good contractor. Does your neighbor have a backyard to die for? Ask for the name of the contractor and how the entire process was. Read reviews and look at project photos. When you find a contractor you love, tell everyone!
Look For Someone Who Specializes In Your Project
Interview contractors who do the type of work you need. You wouldn’t hire a hair stylist to clean your teeth, so why would you hire someone who isn’t a landscape contractor to do your backyard? Inquire why they chose this field of specialty; the best person will be passionate and knowledgeable.
Trust Your Gut
You want to get to know the person who will be doing a major project on your home. Ask about his or her experience and what work he or she really loves to do. You can’t ask enough questions and a great contractor will have an answer for everything. If you aren’t getting a good feeling during your interview, walk away. There are plenty of great contractors out there and you should never settle just because the price is right.
Ask About A Deposit
After coming to a final price for the project, discuss deposits. Most contractors require a deposit before starting a project. If a contractor wants the amount in full, run away as fast as you can. This is not how things are done. Schedule your final payment date after the final walkthrough is done and you are completely satisfied with the work done.
Check For Proper Licensing And Insurance
Validate that your contractor has the right documents before ever breaking ground on a project. This includes all necessary permits, as well as insurance that protects all parties involved. You do not want to be held liable for any accidents on the job site as well as any work issues that may arise.
Follow this simple guide and find the best contractor that suits all of your needs. If you have any questions or want to talk through a project, feel free to contact us here.