Expert advice for hiring a contractor
Submitted by Joe Cerasuolo, president J.G.C. Construction
Anyone thinking of hiring a contractor to tackle a new project should get estimates from three reputable contractors with similar credentials. Make sure they understand they will be biding the complete job, not just the plan. You should also provide a complete set of specifications for the project in order to give contractors a clear idea of the work they might be performing.
If estimates come back higher than what you are able to afford or willing to pay, ask how you can lower the cost of your project. Share the suggestions with each bidder to keep them all on the same page.
Ask for references and if you can view a recently completed project. The more questions you ask, the easier it will be to make your decision.
If your house was built before 1978, your contractor must be EPA certified.
Remember, the contractor you chose will become part of your family for however many weeks or months the project takes. Choose wisely, and don’t let cost be the only factor.
J.G.C. Construction is located in Scarsdale, N.Y. As of June 30, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.