EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- If you're looking to improve the warm interior of your home during the cold winter months, you need to make sure the person doing the work is legit. But how do we do that?
Christina Thrun, the Executive Officer of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association joined Hello Wisconsin to lend a helping hand.
Tips to Hiring a Reputable Contractor
Make sure they have a Dwelling Contractor license
12 hours of continuing education required every 2 years to maintain
Need to have to pull permits, make sure they can pull permits and aren't asking you to pull them (sign they don't have a contractor license)
Ask for References & Follow-up
Biggest mistake people make is to not ask for references
Find out if they were happy with the time frame and if they came in within budget
Trust Realistic Budgets
Don't always go with the lowest bid, some will under bid to get the job but actual project costs may be higher.
Builders who are good at estimating and home owners that are diligent and don't add substantial change orders will keep projects on budget.
Make sure it's someone you can work with, and not just about the price.
Let the project fit the contractor
Contractors often specialize in certain types of jobs: additions, remodeling old houses, redoing kitchens, exterior remodeling, etc.
Do you research on the contractor and know what they specialize in.
Get it in Writing
Get a complete contract with Materials, Labor, & time frame.
Get proof of insurance!
The homeowner needs to take an active role in the building or remodeling process.
Share responsibility for success of the project.
Communicate your needs clearly, make firm decisions, and share all needed info with your contractor.
Don’t forget you can also seek more assistance at the upcoming Home & Garden Show.
It will be Feb 17th -19th at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center.