How to Hire a Michigan Contractor to Work on Your Home

Hire Michigan Contractors

Are you looking for a construction contractor to work on your home, but aren’t sure where to start? Hiring the right remodeling contractor for your next home improvement project depends on doing the proper research. That way, you can feel confident that they will do a great job before you spend your hard-earned money. The building supply contractors at Eikenhout have put together a guide to making sure you are hiring the perfect home improvement contractor for your project.

Below are our tips for making sure you hire the right contractor for your next home improvement project.

Make sure they’re insured.

Before you hire a contractor, make sure that their workers are covered under the proper insurance. If they aren’t insured, this means that if one of their workers gets injured on the job, you will be held accountable for paying their medical expenses due to contractor liability. Any responsible contractor will make sure that their workers are protected should the worst happen. If the contractor isn’t insured, move on.

Make sure they’re licensed.

Be sure to check that a contractor's license is current and with the state of Michigan. A license serves as proof that the contractor has the proper knowledge and experience to work on your home. If they are not licensed, you should continue your search to find a more dependable contractor.

Check with the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a great resource for homeowners to find honest hard-working contractors. Each remodeling contractor listed with the BBB is given a rating, with an A+ rating being the best you can receive. Past clients can also leave reviews on the BBB website, which can help you determine if they are the right choice for your next remodeling project.

Ask for recent work references.

A reputable contractor should be able to provide you with a list of homeowner references for you to check up on. When they give you their references, don’t take their word for it. It’s worth taking the time to check them out for yourself. By calling previous homeowners, you’ll be able to gain valuable insights into the contractor’s work ethic and the quality of their customer service. Since past clients are not affiliated with the building supply company, they won’t give you biased information. Also, make sure that the references are recent. If a remodeling company has recently come under new management, the quality of their work could change as well.

Ask if they have experience with the job you have in mind.

Depending on the job you need done, you may need a contractor who has the appropriate remodeling experience. For example, if you are looking to do a complete remodel of your basement, you will need to find someone who has experience with that specific type of remodel. If you hire someone inexperienced, it could end with you having to hire a second contractor to fix the mistakes they made, costing you more money in the long run.

If you would like to ask about our home improvement products, please feel free to contact any of our eight Michigan contractor locations. At Eikenhout, we are always happy to help homeowners make smart remodeling decisions.