The entrance to your home is the first thing guests see when they arrive. It’s the last thing they remember when they leave. Your front door should offer a welcoming look and be secure from the elements and intruders. You want a great product. But a great installation is more important. We can help you shop for a new door. We can also help match you with the perfect new door installer.
Here are some tips to help you select a contractor for your door project.
1. Ask to See the License
Always use a licensed contractor for window and door installations. When you’re ready to find a contractor for your door installation, the question, “Do you have a license?” should be the first thing you ask. Don’t be afraid to ask how long they’ve had the license and what it covers.
Contractors who ask for pay “under the table” usually aren’t licensed. Unlicensed handymen may offer you discounts and extra labor to overlook this. But you could be risking safety and legal challenges. And, in most cases, you will be giving up a warranty.
2. Know Your Costs
“How much will this cost me?”
This is an obvious one. Plans change from time to time, but from the beginning, you should know about how much a project will cost you. Try to get a statement in writing, so you won’t be responsible for extraneous expenses in the future. Nothing is worse than expecting to pay a certain amount of money and then learning that you owe much more.
You can also compare a contractor’s pricing against other contractors in the area. Get at least 3 quotes. If a quote is not itemized, this could be a red flag. Ask what cost’s what so you know what you’re getting. Knowing these estimates can help you negotiate a reasonable price. This way, you won’t have to worry that your contractor is over-charging you because you don’t know better.
3. Ask for References
You want to know that your contractor is capable of clean and efficient work. Asking for references is one of the best ways of learning about a contractor’s style and habits. Previous clients can let you know if they had any trouble with the contractor. You can get a good idea of what you can expect from references.
4. Know What You Want
Far too often, homeowners choose contractors without considering their personal needs. There are plenty of contractors who are great at what they do but aren’t the right fit for you. Scheduling conflicts, differences in taste are some examples. If something feels off about a contractor in the initial meeting, trust your instinct.
Know what you want, and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Remember you are the customer. Open communication is what will help you get the remodeling experience you want.
Find and Compare Experts with Harvey’s ProZone
Our database of contractors provides a ton of valuable information on specialties. Simple for comparing contractors for your project, and for requesting quotes. Again, get at least 3 quotes. We only refer you to contractors that we trust to do your door installations right. See below an example of how easy the ProZone makes finding and comparing experts in your area.