When making changes to your rental property, having a reasonable, professional, and knowledgeable contractor is key. Unfortunately, there are many duds out there that property owners (and their bank accounts) can fall victim to if not prepared.
But with the right information and planning, you can set up a team of renovators that you can count on to get the job done successfully. Even if you want to complete much of the changes yourself, it’s important to realize that you can’t do everything alone.
Because of that, you want to make sure you’re spending your hard-earned cash on someone who knows what they’re doing. Here are some ways you can make sure you’re getting the BEST people on your team help you finish the job.
Outline Your Game Plan
This step should happen before anything else. You can’t know exactly who to hire if you don’t have your full plan for what you want, right? So take some time to design your plan. Compile the information about everything you need for the renovation to happen. Outline all the details, then meet with some architects or designers and anyone else you need services from to figure out what each can do for you based on what you know you need.
Choosing the Best Contenders
Start at home base with recommendations from those you know. Ask friends or family who they’ve worked with and loved. Then, if you don’t get what you’re looking for there, do some searches online, paying close attention to reviews. It’s best to look for people who have been given positive feedback on review sites—and if there’s any negative feedback, do not ignore it!
Negative reviews don’t always mean the service is bad; some people are just disgruntled or have bigger motives. But if there are many bad reviews, that’s a big red flag.<
Once you have a few people in mind, contact them and ask about their experience and time in business. Make sure they are licensed and insured. And don’t forget to ask for references you can call to be sure they’re legitimate. If they check out, set up an in-person interview on your property to make sure you communicate well about what needs to get done and everything checks out.
Be Available But Not Overbearing
After you’ve done the research and hired your dream team, make sure you are always available to be contacted about questions or feedback. However, be careful not to micromanage, as that can just slow down the work. Relax and let your team handle the work—and be prepared to enjoy the finished project!