I’m sure that at some point, everyone has considered property repairs. It doesn’t matter how big or small the job is; there has always been a time where you have thought, ‘I could do this myself, only to realize that it would be more accessible and better handled by professionals. This process can become even more complicated if you hire multiple companies to handle different aspects of the repair. So how do you choose a property repair company?
Decide what type of repair work you need to be done and why. Are you looking for a company to fix a broken pipe under your kitchen sink? Are you in the middle of building repairs and seeking someone to tile your new bathroom? Do you need your garage door fixed? Are you having issues with an appliance, like your heating system or air conditioning unit? Maybe you are making some upgrades to the structure of your home. This step is crucial because it will help determine what types of companies you will do business with and how many
Figure out what company size works best for your project. Are you trying to save money and hire the cheapest company available? Do you want someone that has been in business for a while and can prove their reliability? Do you value local businesses over national companies, even if it means spending a bit more money? Make sure you know what your budget is and who fits within it. If money isn’t an issue, then skip this step.
Determine the size of your project and how much money you want to spend on it. Whether you need a one-person job or a team to complete an extensive renovation, you will have different price ranges to consider.
Do your research before hiring any company. Ask friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of for referrals. Also, check out online review sites like Yelp! to see what other people are saying about the companies you are considering.
Make sure your chosen company has proper licensing and insurance. Some jobs require special licenses while others do not. A good reference for this information is the US Department of Labor. Also, make sure that your repair company has worker’s compensation and liability insurance to protect you if anything goes wrong.
Decide if you want to hire a single company or multiple companies for different aspects of the job. This decision will largely depend on whether your project is small or large. If you are looking to do some repairs or renovations yourself, hiring different companies for each type of repair is the way to go. Think about it this way: one company can fix your roof while another can install new siding, and yet another can take care of landscaping. If you are not comfortable doing any of these jobs yourself, consider hiring a single company that can take care of each type of repair as needed. This will mean less work for you and cost savings overall.
Decide if you want to hire a property manager or an individual from the company. If you have several jobs planned, let’s say for your roof, siding, and landscaping, it may be easier to hire one company that can handle each aspect of the repair. But if you are hiring multiple companies for different jobs, you will need some contact person within each company to follow up with regular updates about your repairs.
Choosing a property repair company isn’t as easy as it sounds, but sometimes you only get one shot. If you aren’t sure what to expect, make sure you get written estimates and ask many questions.