Hiring a Contractor for Your Spring Projects

spring is comingWell, this month of January has certainly been a long year, hasn't it? It's ok to daydream about Springtime, sunshine, and warmer temperatures. Maybe you can start thinking about remodeling or repairing your home with the experts at Midwest Builders.

Before you succumb to cabin fever, take a look around your home and make a list of things that need to be repaired or you would like remodeled. Once you have a project that you want to do, you need to find a reliable home remodeler.

Choosing the Right Remodeler

Whether you want to do something small like a new window or something a little bigger like a new garage or patio, it is important that you have someone that you trust and that can do the work correctly. Home projects can be stressful, so don't add to it with a bad home remodeler. The right one, like Midwest Builders, will communicate with you from start to finish and complete the job to your satisfaction.

What You Need From Your Remodeler


We all know that a lot of decisions are based on money. Keep in mind that just because something is initially cheaper, it doesn't necessarily mean that it won't cost more in the end. The same goes if the contractor is pricy. Just because they cost more, doesn't mean that they will do good work, they may just be in it for the money. Check out a few contractors to get a good idea of a fair price range. In addition, if the contractor is trustworthy, they won't give you an instant estimate, but only after a thorough assessment and a talk with you about your project. If they give you a price without inspecting the property or knowing what you want, they are probably a shady company that you should steer clear of.

Skill and Experience

This pretty much goes without saying, but make sure the contractor is up to the job. Knowing that your contractor can do the job reliably and skillfully will reduce your stress greatly. Ask about referrals, certifications, awards, and memberships. Word of mouth from previous customers shouldn't be undervalued.

Insurance and Licenses

handy contractorAsk to see proofs of insurance regarding coverage for the workers, so you're not held liable in case of injury. In addition, make sure the contractor has liability insurance to cover themselves, in case any damage occurs to your property. The contractor should have all of the licenses and permits they need to perform the work they are being hired for. If they aren't, you could be held liable or your own insurance may not cover any claims in regards to their work.


Get it in writing. This cannot be emphasized enough. Protect yourself and don't just accept verbal agreements or handshakes. The contract should cover the timeline, warranties, budget, and other obligations on both sides. The contract should be signed by both you and the contractor. It is important that you are both covered in case of a disagreement or failing on either side.

Do Your Homework

You're probably ready to get work started, especially if it is a repair, but take the time to educate yourself. Talk with the contractors and gather all of the information we described above. The more you know, the better decision you can make. Find out the good things about the contractor, along with the warning signs. Avoid high-pressure sales tactics, avoiding questions, or trying to scare you with horror stories about your home.

Midwest Builders has been in the business since 1954. You don't stay in business that long taking shortcuts or providing shoddy work. We have dozens of testimonials and provide free estimates with timely service and expert workmanship. Contact us today to learn more.


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