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5 Things to Look for when Hiring a Contractor

You’ve finally decided to commit to that bath remodel you’ve been putting off for far too long. But unless you are a highly skilled laborer, you’ll need to hire a bathroom renovation contractor before work can begin. And while finding a price point that fits within your budget is important, it shouldn’t be the lone deciding factor on who you ultimately end up hiring to do the work. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a short list of additional factors to consider when selecting the right contractor for the job.

Stability

It is an unfortunate reality, but there are many “fly by night” contractors that show up one day to take your money and leave the next day before your project is complete. You want to avoid them at all costs. Thankfully, you can sniff them out by asking yourself a few important questions:

“Does this contractor have an office, a storefront, or a showroom?”

A company with a brick-and-mortar building is more likely to follow through on your project.

“Does the contractor have all their licenses, certifications, and is their insurance up to date?”

You want to make sure your project complies with legal and zoning requirements. If something unfortunate does happen during the renovation, you’ll want to be sure the contractor’s insurance will cover all costs.

Reputation

Make sure you seek out a contractor with a positive reputation. There is a reason they have that reputation after all. Ensure they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or associated with memberships such as the Chamber of Commerce. You’ll also want to look up reviews, testimonials, and ask for references. If they can’t provide any, you may want to start looking elsewhere.

Professionalism

You should expect your contractor to always be professional. This includes being organized, respectful of you and your property, and detail oriented. They should provide written quotes, proposals, or estimates. Contracts and paperwork of any kind should be organized and legal. You should not have to worry about being pressured into decisions or agreements.

Education

Some homeowners want to know every detail of their door, window or bath project while others prefer a hands-off experience. If you’re part of the former, you’ll want to make sure your contractor is willing to answer all your questions. Honesty and transparency are also crucial. This applies to every part of the agreement, including the installation, the products, warranties, and any other general business practices. If they are unwilling to be open with you when you ask your questions, that should throw up a red flag or two.

Workmanship

Workmanship can be divided into two parts:

Is the work done properly?

Does the finished product match your design vision?

When the contractor calls a job complete, is it quality work that meets legal codes, guidelines and regulations? Do they offer and let you choose between more than one product or option, or are they pushing their preference on you? Can they provide project photos from previous jobs? These are all important questions to ask.

Once you feel confident that you’ve found the right contractor that meets the criteria listed above and can do the job at a fair price, you can sign a contract in confidence knowing you’ve made a sound choice.

Are you considering hiring a bath, window, or door contractor? West Shore Home offers free consultations to all our potential customers. Schedule yours today!

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We love our new master bath shower. Looks fantastic. Matches the other colors of our bath so well. Jerry and Eric did an outstanding job. When they arrived, they quickly set up and went to work, not wasting time. It was obvious they knew what to do. And the results indicate it. They cleaned up afterwards. Most professional in all they did.

- Wes E.

We had our new shower installed yesterday by Sam and Jose who were extremely professional and explained each step of the install as they completed it. We were very impressed by their attitude and work ethic. And the finished product looks great.

- Bob G.

Damon, John & Elliot did a great job installing my new front door. Showed up on time, professional and courteous. Very meticulous and made sure I was happy with the finished product. Explained what they were doing and why. I would highly recommend this company to my friends.

- Lisa G.

James and Alex removed and installed a new front door May 2020; Jim the finisher. All 3 men are professional/knowledge and are great ambassadors for West Shore. We are very happy with the finished project and would highly recommend. Thanks for a job Well Done!

- Robert C.

Rick, Adrian, Jeff and Tony installed 4 windows for me. They did an excellent job. They were meticulous about their workmanship and carefully installed the windows and they made sure to clean up after the job. Would definitely recommend them to anybody.

- Francis B.

It's been 2 years now and I still LOVE my gorgeous shower!!! AND they got the old shower removed, fixed a severe leak and installed the new shower all in one day!!!Fantastic job!! I really cannot say enough nice things about this project. Oh, and they hooked us up with a lender who charged no interest as long as we paid it off in time (which we did). I highly recommend Westshore!!!

- Bonnie H.

Highly recommend West Shore! Our old “new” home can be quite difficult when it comes to renovations. Craig D and Bill R were very professional and did a great job!

- Joseph B.

I was very well pleased with Neil Parker; he wasn't pushy. Danny and Trevor were spot-on, and I was very well pleased when they left. I didn't have to clean or do anything, that really made my day!

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This was my second project by West Shore. Both projects were very professional, efficient, and wonderful. I have never had a work crew at my house like West Shore.

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Lennie S. from West Shore Homes was an absolute professional when giving us our initial appointment. He did a phenomenal job at walking us through the process and making sure we got the design we needed. Really appreciated his acumen and friendly attitude.

- Brian W.

West Shore Home gave me a great deal on bathroom install project. Tyler M. and Todd I. were great at their job. They were very professional and courteous. They explained everything throughout the entire process and at the end. I would give them a 5 star rating!! Great job guys!!!

- Tina G.

Highly recommend West Shore! Our old “new” home can be quite difficult when it comes to renovations. Craig D and Bill R were very professional and did a great job!

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