How to Vet a Contractor To Fix a Home for Listing

You want to list your home and downsize or upgrade to something bigger. You know your home needs a lot of work to bring top dollar, so you want to hire a professional to do the job. With so many contractors out there, how do you know who is the right one?

Avoid the Term “Handyman”

You’ll see ads that say something like this: “Need plumbing, electrical or carpentry work? I’m your guy. Call Andy the Handyman for all your home repair needs. Affordable service guaranteed.”

Andy sounds like the perfect guy since he can do anything that needs to be done on your home. What you don’t realize is he probably only has basic skills, may not be licensed and won’t know how to handle any task that turns out to be a big job. Guys like Andy are great for small jobs, and they likely have skills in certain areas, but they aren’t usually the best option if you have multiple repairs to be done.

Look for a general contractor instead who can either do the work or will know who to contact. He will know when permits are necessary and when a licensed contractor is necessary for the repairs. It may cost more, but the expense will be worth it for the results.

Check with Friends and References

Ask friends for their opinion on contractors. Make sure it is someone they have worked with and not just a contractor they heard about. If you are repairing your parents’ home or another property in a different city, ask the contractor for references you can call.

Make sure you call these references and ask detailed questions. Find out about the project, how long it took and how it turned out.

You can find objective references on sites like Angie’s List. You can read recommendations from others who have used the service.

Ask About Licensing

As mentioned earlier, a licensed contractor is a valuable asset in your home improvement and repair projects. In some cases, you won’t get approval by the city or county for the work done unless it is completed by a licensed contractor.

You also want to make sure they carry liability insurance for the work they do and in case anyone would get hurt because of faulty labor. They should be able to give you a copy of their certificate that you can keep with the rest of the project.

If this process sounds intimidating but your house needs help, consider looking at cash buyers. They will pay the cash value of your home, usually buy it as-is without the expense and time of making improvements. If you want to  know more about how we can help you get out of your house quickly, contact us today.