If you’re considering selling your home and it’s in mediocre-to-bad shape, the services of a contractor may come in handy. Hiring a contractor certified in more than one area may also be helpful. For instance, if your contractor is also a plumber or electrician, they can perform multiple services. You might get a better price for the whole job.
If you don’t have experience working with contractors you’ll want to be very careful doing this on your own. There are many things to look for before signing the check over. Where do you start?
Most people begin their search with Google. You might find a hundred qualified contractors this way, but peppered among them will be a few you want to steer clear of. Instead, ask friends and family for referrals when hiring any kind of a contractor, plumber or electrician. Coworkers can also provide you with a few options.
Your city’s Chamber of Commerce is also able to provide a list of qualified members. They won’t be on the list for long if they run a bad business, so you’re pretty safe to begin there.
Keep in mind, not everybody is out there to take advantage of you. There are many reputable professionals out there. You must be wary. Check Yelp for both positive and negative reviews. Don’t take everything at face value. Do your research!
Another good resource for contractors of every sort will be your local homebuilders’ association. They’ll provide a list of members and be sure contact each one before using. When you do, ask for a list of references.
Do the contractors you’re considering belong to other trade associations? Ask if there is a code of ethics they are required to abide by. Also, ask if there is a minimum number of satisfactory work hours completed. Are there trade exams required? Call The Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed.
Hiring a contractor is easy. Hiring the right contractor takes research. Don’t skip this step. If all this sounds overwhelming, there’s also another option.
If you sell your home to a real estate investor, you won’t have to worry about any of this. The risk is on him/her. You sell your home as-is for a good price and walk away with cash in your pocket. Some transactions can be completed in a couple of days.
Working with a real estate investor has several benefits you may never have considered. Contact us for information.