Your residential or commercial real estate could use some renovations. You need to hire a contractor, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Most contractors are hardworking and honest, but there is still a sizeable minority of contractors who do not put in good work or use honesty in their transactions.

When you need to hire a contractor, you need a few useful recommendations to help you find the right person or company.

  • Use word of mouth

One of the simplest but most effective ways to hire a contractor is to ask around. Talk to your colleagues, friends or family and see if they recommend anyone. Once you find a few contractors who interest you, check their references carefully.

  • Conduct interviews

You should also speak to your contractor before hiring anyone. Conduct interviews over the phone at first, and then meet face to face. You want to work with someone who is willing to meet with you in person and discuss the project in detail.

  • Investigate their background

You should also take care to check all contractors’ backgrounds. Are they licensed? Do they have any lawsuits in their past, or currently pending? Have they been charged with any criminal activity? Know the answers to these crucial questions before committing to hiring a contractor.

  • Consider the legal implications

You should always have a legally sound contract in place stipulating important details like cost, payment schedules, materials, start date and completion date. Many people choose to hire outside legal counsel to help them create a legally enforceable contract that is in their favor. This way, if any dispute do arise, you will have documentation and will be on solid legal ground.