With so many flooring options on the market, it’s essential to find a pro who will answer your questions, make recommendations, and understands the benefits and drawbacks of each flooring type. The good news is that using these tips, you’ll be able to find and hire the right pro for the job in no time.
The first step in your process is to find a few companies in your area that could take on your project. If you know what kind of flooring you’re interested in, look for specialists in those kinds of installations. If you’re not sure whether you’ll be going with tile or hardwood, you’ll want to find an expert in a variety of materials or even a retailer. This may sound like a lot of work, but HomeStars makes it easy to find experts for any kind of home project. Simply enter your project information on HomeStars.com to get connected with up to three pros in your area.
Once you’ve compiled your list of companies you’re interested in, it’s essential that you read reviews. Reading reviews is the easiest way to feel confident in your hiring decision. Browse each company’s HomeStars profile to see customer testimonials and look at photos of their past projects. If their reviews are positive, recent and relevant to the kind of work you’re looking to have done, it’s safe to get in touch.
Check out Credentials
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you should make sure that the company is up to date on all of its licenses and credentials. Your contractor must be licenced, bonded, insured and carry Workers Compensation Insurance. Never hire a company that is uninsured, unlicensed or undocumented.
Have an Interview
Finally, it’s time to discuss your project with the company. Now’s your chance to gauge their customer service and get into the details of your project. In addition to covering project-specific information, make note of whether they are engaged during your meeting. Do they ask questions? Are they friendly? Can you imagine working with this person for months?
After you read reviews, check out credentials and interview candidates, it’s time to get quotes. It can be tempting to hire the company offering a great deal on your product of choice but this can get you into trouble. When it comes to home projects, you usually get what you pay for.
Remember that quotes should be itemized, detailed and clearly broken down. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification if you have any questions.
Sign a Contract
The last step is for both parties to sign on the dotted line. Never start a home project without a contract. Your contract should include the quote, a payment schedule, a construction schedule, details on how they will leave your property when the project is finished, what’s covered under warranty, and a plan to resolve disputes. This plan should also include a signed waiver explicitly stating that the company will not put a lien on your home if you miss a payment. If your contract has all of this information and you’re happy with the terms, sign and get started!
Now that you’ve read our step-by-step guide, you’re ready to get started on HomeStars. Either search our listings of flooring companies near you or use the banner below to get connected with up to three flooring experts in your area.