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Quality Contractors. How do I find them?

Finding quality contractors can be frustrating. Everyone knows the horror stories,

"they didn't show up today,"

"they left my house dirty,"

"they didn't do the job right!"

This article will provide you with a few strategies to help you find that quality contractor that you crave. Whether you are a homeowner or an investor.

1. Check credentials

Look for contractors who have been in business for a while and aren't fly by night. The contractor should have a good reputation, be licensed, registered and should carry insurance. It is also preferred that the contractor be registered with the Better Business Bureau or some form of public accreditation.

2. Bids

Start off by asking family and friends to recommend a contractor. Find out from them if there were any unexpected costs and if the contractor showed up and finished the job on time. 

Get three bids. Toss out the low-ball offer as you should be suspicious of a contractor who comes in several thousand dollars below the others. He is most likely cutting corners or using inferior materials. The low-ball contractor will most probably tell you during the project that the job is more complicated than he expected and demand more money. Be realistic and don't invite trouble by taking the lowest bid. Blue Horse Construction may not be the cheapest but, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Blue House Construction Denver is a reputable company that does the highest quality construction. They pride themselves on their values of integrity, accountability and transparency.

3. Think beyond price

Before making your decision about which contractor to hire, make sure you feel comfortable with the contractor's personality and communication skills. Make sure that you are on the same page by being clear about the project being done. This is very important because you will be spending a lot of time and money with your contractor and you don't want to end up being disappointed or frustrated.

4. Having a contract

Every project, no matter what the size of the job, should have a contract. The contract should be detailed. The contract should include a start and finish date, description of work will be done, the materials costs and a payment schedule. If you are unclear in any way make sure to clarify with the contractor or someone you trust. Don't let any details fall through the cracks.

5. Payment schedule

Don't pay the contractor more that 30% upfront. Make periodic payments (at least 10%) to the contractor, as certain portions of the project are completed,  to your satisfaction.  Some contractors will offer discount incentives if you pay more upfront. Always make sure that you are clear on the agreed upon payment schedule. It will make the whole process much simpler.

Zach Wappelhorst, the owner of Blue Horse Construction in Denver, has more than fourteen years of experience. Blue Horse Construction is licensed, registered and carries insurance. Blue Horse Construction is a member of the Better Business Bureau and has an impeccable reputation.

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