Remodeling your home can be a difficult task if you don’t have the staff with the right training and skills. Denver weather can be unpredictable, with heavy summer rains ushering in winters with heavy snowfalls that can potentially damage your roof. A remodeling or renovation project is also equally overwhelming when you’re already busy with running the daily operations of your business. That’s why it’s vital to get a good contractor on your side. It’s important to understand the need to have a good contractor to get the job done and to have a game plan on how to find one. Here’s how.
Why You Need a Good Contractor
Getting a good contractor is vital to ensure your home improvement project is done correctly the first time around. When remodeling budgets are slim and time is sparse, employing a contractor who is inexperienced or has a habit of taking shortcuts can mean multiple, unnecessary steps being repeated in the renovation process. This can eat up your remodeling project budget and waste your time. However, employing a good contractor from the start can save you and your team a world of financial and operational headaches.
Good contractors will be licensed and knowledgeable in the area of expertise that you hire them for. This often involves formal training and years of experience. For example, a professionally trained contractor will ensure that roofing or siding installations and replacement of windows Denver residents need are done accurately. However, even knowing the basics of what you should be looking for in a contractor is not enough. You also need to know where to find a good contractor. You can start by looking online, asking for recommendations or attending trade shows.
The Internet is a great place to start your search for good contractors that can handle your home remodeling or improvement project. You can use websites and apps such as Angie’s List, GuildQuality, and Yelp to find contractors in your area. These apps and websites often have rating systems where you can see the opinions of people who have used the services of the contractors or contracting businesses.
2. Word of Mouth
Getting recommendations from friends, colleagues, and neighbors is also a great place to get a lead on a good contractor. Often your friends and colleagues act as a community of “insiders” that are more than willing to give you the latest details on their experience with the contractor. They will give you their honest opinion on how good (or bad) of a job the contractor did so you know who to trust with your project. Check if the contractors your friends and colleagues recommend are members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. You can also leverage the professional opinions of building inspectors or lumberyard workers to find out which contractor is using quality materials and follows building codes.
3. Trade Shows
Trade shows are often the playground for connecting to the contractors you need. A trade show is a great place to meet contractors face to face and get a feel for how they do business while giving you a chance to discuss prices and work. However, you want to also make sure you are attending the right trade shows. For example, if you’re searching for Denver roofers, it’ll make sense to attend a trade show in or near Denver. You also want to make sure you’re going at the right time, too. Here are some upcoming trade shows in Colorado to take advantage of in March and April:
- Travel and Adventure Show: This trade show is the ideal place to find home improvement companies and travel exhibitors. While this trade show offers a chance to see celebrity travel experts, such as Samantha Brown and Peter Greenberg, it’s also ideal for gaining valuable insight on technology trends and listening to keynote speakers.
- Denver Home and Garden Show: Attend this show to experience new trends in gardens and tiny homes, and access a sea of exhibitors in the home and garden industry by specific categories. These include construction and renovation and home exteriors, gutters, siding, and roofing.
- The Tribune Home and Garden Show: At this show, you’ll be able to network to find the right contractors to pull off your remodeling project. This event features quality home and garden contractors and workers and serves as a meeting ground to connect them with homeowners looking to get their project started.
- Mountain Area Home and Garden Show: At this community event in the foothills of Denver, you’ll be able to get in touch with local businesses in the area, which will make it easy to find a contractor.
Whether you’re remodeling your home office or your entire home, it’s important to use a contractor that has the skills and expertise you need. That’s why you can count on the expertise of 5280 Exteriors. Contact us today regarding your home improvement projects. We’ll be happy to answer your questions!