Eight Steps to Hiring the Right Contractor

Finding a good contractor is important.

Making the wrong choice can cost you time and money. Making the right choice will likely result in your project getting done on time and on budget. We'd love to be the right contractor for you. More important than that, we want to help you make the right choice for you. Here are the eight steps to hiring the right contractor in Beaumont, TX.

1. Conduct Research

Research each contractor before requesting to meet with them. Do they have a website? Have they been reviewed online? Are they registered with the BBB? How long have they been in business? Were they referred to you by someone you trust?

2. Prepare List

Make a list of exactly what you want done before you speak with each contractor. Prepare it prior to meeting. Be certain they all know exactly what you want done so that when comparing their estimates, you will be comparing apples to apples.

3. Schedule Meetings

Keep from scheduling appointments with too many contractors. You'll be wasting your time and theirs. If you've done your research and prepared your list, there won’t be that many specialized contractors to choose from. Choose you top three.

4. Meet Individually

Refrain from scheduling them all together just to save time. Doing so is not only unfair to each contractor; it's also unproductive for you. You'll be less likely to adequately determine whether or not your comfortable hiring the individual.

5. Watch Behaviors

Notice how each person conducts themselves when they come to bid the job. Were they on time? If they were late, did they notify you? Were they dressed professionally? Did you receive a business card? Did they measure the job? Did they take notes?

6. Ask Questions

If you'll be paying them, you have the right to know! Ask, “Are you insured?” (Have carrier email it) and “Would you mind giving me contact information for your last 3 jobs?” and “How soon would you be able to do the job?” (Right answer = 2 weeks)

7. Request Estimate

Request an estimate or estimates if necessary. When getting more than one estimate, always keep in mind that the lowest price isn't always the best choice. The old adage "You get what you pay for" really does apply when dealing with contractors.

8. Make Payment

Other than a scheduling fee, NEVER pay money down if there are no materials that need to be paid for. If there are materials included, expect to pay one-third or even half in advance, especially if the job requires expensive materials.

With A.R.M. Construction, you get quality workmanship you can count on. We've been in business for 30+ years. We're BBB accredited with an A+ rating. These reputable and successful professionals refer their best clients to us.