Finding a contractor can be just as stressful as the home renovation itself. How do you know you’ve found a company reliable and trustworthy or even where to begin finding a Pasadena contractor? Well, there are a few things you can do to ease the burden and begin your search that will also help verify the person or team you’ve hired is reputable. This isn’t just about calling every general contractor in Pasadena, that would create a head-spinning conga-line of quotes. It’s best to start with people who’ve already done the legwork and that can give you a more inside view of working with a particular contractor in Pasadena. Here are three tips that will help narrow your search and give you a legitimate list of general contractors.
1) Look at Yard Signs in Pasadena
Next time you’re wandering the neighborhood or driving around town, take note of the houses that are having some remodeling done. Most general contractors put signs in the windows or the yard of the home they’re working in, it’s great and free advertising. They get to let all of Pasadena know that not only were they hired but they’re proud of the work they’ve done. When you see the sign in someone’s yard that means this Pasadena contractor has already been vetted and if the homeowners are happy with the work they’ll leave the sign in the yard for a bit after. You’ve just learned two important things about the general contractors: they did good work and they were thought well enough of to be hired in the first place. This is a Pasadena contractor you may want to give a call and get a quote from.
2) Pasadena Hardware Stores
Being in any business means you would naturally network with others in your field, even if not on purpose. While growing in our professions we tend to work with others in our field and develop work relationships with them. The same is true for general contractors. They would need to get their tools and equipment from someone and it’s probably the hardware stores in and around town. Many of the same hardware shops and stores you would go to also service local Pasadena general contractors and if they have a good relationship or have done business in the past you may see an ad for them in the shop. If needing some work done in your home and seeing such a sign, ask the person their thoughts on the contractor or the work they do. Perhaps the store has an ongoing relationship with the contractor or they’ve done work for the owner him or herself. Even if there isn’t a sign, ask at the employees at the hardware store. Them being local to you means they’ll probably know a good Pasadena contractor and perhaps that little tip will get you a deal. No shame in name dropping!
3) Pasadena Builder’s Associations and the Better Business Bureau
There are many organizations that cater specifically to home renovation or repair laborers and help to maintain a directory of legitimate Pasadena contractors. Think of it as the yellow pages for general contractors, except all of them have been vetted and shown to have licenses as well as certified to do general contracting in Pasadena. Another thing about reaching out to your local Builder’s Association or Better Business Bureau is that they can tell you if a general contractor has any complaints against them or suspicious practices, perhaps references. Calling one of these organizations will take the pressure off and ease any anxiety you may have about whether or not you’re working with a reputable general contractor. It isn’t like they just mail in their information to be listed, these organizations exist as a kind of watchdog group. Use what they’re there for and know you’re hiring a licensed and legitimate Pasadena contractor.
Home repairs or renovations can be just as stressful as moving, pricing out the labor, shopping for a local contractor, and making sure you’re not being swindled. While this list isn’t exhaustive and there are a few other avenues you can take, these 3 tips will get the ball rolling on finding a reliable Pasadena contractor. Good work doesn’t have to be determined after the work is done when there are choices to make before hiring someone. You have resources to ease the anxiety and know that when you hire your general contractor, you did your due diligence and can be a bit more at ease.
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