The rise of popular home renovation TV shows makes house-flipping look seamless, where all it takes is a fresh coat of paint, some elbow grease and a can-do spirit to make a run-down property pristine and market ready. The reality is that the path to profit is not as simple as it is entertaining.
When hiring people to come into your home, diligence is important for many reasons. For starters, if you’re hiring someone to help create your dream kitchen or renovate your bathroom, you want to be sure that you’re not hiring an individual or company that will take your money and run. However, you should avoid hiring bad contractors and other workers for another reason. There’s more at stake than an unfinished project. You also want to avoid theft and possible harm to yourself and family.
Whether you’re looking for construction professionals, plumbers, cleaning personnel, or movers, these are some of the steps to take to ensure your safety when hiring outside help.
1. Do your homework
One simple way to separate professionals from those who may be shady is by researching potential contractors and workers. Jody Costello, home renovation planning expert and founder of the website Contractors From Helltells us