Three things to consider when hiring a contractor

Many homeowners feel like finding the right contractor is about as easy as catching a unicorn or finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Here are three things to look for when you’re considering hiring a local contractor.

1. PRICE

Although you may think that this is your most important item, just remember you get what you pay for with construction.  It’s a well-known fact that it pays to take your time when getting quotes. And, you should always get at least three bids.

If one of the bids came in well under the others, there’s a reason…find out why. Is it quoted with lesser quality materials? Did the contractor miss a particular line item in the bid? Ask questions. And, don’t be afraid to go back and rebid if you find out something you didn’t consider in the initial quote phase.

2. TIMING

It’s not just you…Grand County IS growing quickly. And, with this growth comes overworked contractors. Be sure to ask — and agree to — a timeline that the contractor can work on — and complete — your project. You might want to note important benchmark dates in the contract, too.

3. CREDENTIALS and ACCREDITATIONS

Validate a contractor’s experience by asking friends, neighbors, and relatives for referrals and recommendations. Then, check with the state that their licenses are up-to-date. Find out how long they have been in business under the same name, management, and address. Once you think you’ve found a couple of contractors you’d like to get quotes from, ask to see work similar to yours they have completed.

Also, look for any third-party recognition and accolades. The Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List have rating systems for contractors.

Remember, references given to you by the contractor may have been cherry-picked. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Finally, you may consider going rogue and not hire a local contractor. Often second homeowners that have had good experiences with workers from the Front Range will try to have them do work on their other house, too.

Be careful here!  With Grand Country’s climate changes, location and altitude, there’s a learning curve. Local contractors are aware of what’s needed to perform under our unique conditions. (i.e., replacement windows that work in Denver my not work here because of the altitude).

Additionally, there are often fees associated with travel time, accommodations, shipping, and delivery, etc. If you’re interested in using an outside contractor, it might be smart to bid them against local contractors…and ask a LOT of questions!