If only all general contractors and handyman companies were created equally, life would be much simpler. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are just as many untrustworthy handyman companies as there are quality ones, so much so that they even have their own category in television. Hi, Mike Holmes.
The good news is that you don’t have to deal with poor quality companies and general contractors. You just have to know how to spot the good ones from the bad, and you’ll never have to worry about making an appearance on a “home reno gone bad” television show. Or at least, we hope!
Here at Quotr, we also strive to eliminate any unprofessional or illegitimate general contractors and handyman services from our platform.
A good handyman comes will excellent references
If a prospective general contractor is hesitant to provide references, this is a red flag. A good handyman will always have a handful of references to provide at any given time, and they will be more than happy to do so.
Keep in mind that if you’re inquiring with a start-up company or freshly graduated handyman, they may not have references at this time.
A quality general contractor makes you feel comfortable and confident
It’s easy to assume that the personality of a handyman or a company’s general contractors won’t matter, but it does. You will likely have to deal with your general contractor directly well throughout the project. If you can’t see eye-to-eye on things, it can make your project and the experience unenjoyable, which it never should be. After all, you’re upgrading your lifestyle with something new. The experience should be exciting and far from frustrating.
Additionally, if a handyman is disgruntled he (or she) may lack the motivation needed to complete the project up to your standards and on time.
You don’t have to like your handyman or general contractors per se. However, you should feel comfortable enough that you don’t feel like you’re walking on eggshells in your own home.
More importantly, a good general contractor is a professional one; one that knows how to build rapport and respect your needs. You should feel great in their presence, even before you hire them. If this isn’t the case, you could be dealing with an unprofessional contractor, which will reflect in the quality of work delivered.
Your handyman should come prepared and ready to work
You want to hire a general contractor that is ambitious and passionate about the work they provide. They should show up to work on time, with all the materials needed to complete the task to the best of their ability. You’re not hiring someone to sit and socialize or to check their Facebook page.
This can be hard to detect prior to hiring if you don’t know what to look for. So, pay attention to the general contractors’ response times. Analyze how thorough they are with their quote and how respectful they are when they come to your home to confirm the price offer. What you see at the beginning is likely what you’ll experience throughout the project.
If nothing else, a general contractor should be reliable
We figured we’d save the best for the last – reliability. While it’s important for a general contractor to offer more than just reliability, this is a good place to start (and end) a hiring process.
Reliability is key to the success of your custom project, handyman service or home renovation. The only thing worse than unrealistically having to wait for your project to be completed is trying to find out where the heck your general contractor is. Yeah, there’s nothing fun about that. So make sure your general contractor is reliable. This will help you avoid a drawn out, frustrating experience.
Competitive pricing is also an excellent thing to look for when going through the list of prospective general contractors. The quote should reflect their experience, skill set and characteristics of your job. On Quotr, you see customer ratings, along with quality information found within their detailed profiles. This will help you gauge whether the quote received is reasonable and in correlation with the specifics of the general contractor, handyman or company.