First and Foremost, You want to should look for Presence. An honest, legitimate, professional Contractor, has no issue with creating a presence to sell themselves and reassure their Home Owners that they are there to stay.
Look for the Following:
A Contractor, who is invested to stay, should have a lot of things which you do not see. Such items which you should inquire about are items like:
A contractor should always perform an Onsite Inspection of the Proposed Project and be willing to take the time to meet you. During the Initial Consult, be sure to ask the appropriate questions!
There are a lot of questions to ask a Contractor when you hire one. Feel free to reach out to Us for Project Specific items you should ask when opening a bid on a Project. We do Not charge a fee for a phone or Email consult.
A reputable good Contractor is most likely business for a medium to large Project. Now taken with a grain of salt, there are scenerios where previous Projects could have fallen through, scheduling gets reviesed, or situations with materials or other trades. But be weiry if a Contractor can start your Project Tomorrow.
Despite Years of experience, to this day, We refuse to provide a Price on the spot, as no other contractor should. Especially for larger Projects! Items in regards to your project should be taken into consideration and quoted appropriately. If a Contractor can provide a price, on the spot, compare it to other quotes and if there is discreptancies, DO NOT be shy to ask why the Prices are so Different.
Also, When a Contractor comes in VERY low or VERY high, you should have questions to what they have missed in the estimate or what did they include extra from the other Contractors who bid on it.
Truthfully, it breaks down to the actual scope of work. But at AC Custom, We try to stick with a 5%-8% Contingency Budget and encourage Home Owners to maintain their scope of work, within the limits that they are projected more than 5% under their actual budget.
Feel Free to Reach out to Us for More details on our Estimating Structure which we have adapted over time.