How to Choose a ContractorIn your database of professionals you’ll need to know how to choose a contractor who can help you finish out your project.

Or, if you’re not only the real estate investor but act as your general contractor as well, you’ll need to find solid, professional subcontractors to join your team.

Here’s a few tips on how to choose a contractor?

One of the first places you should look is to ask friends and family who they have used. Then visit to find subs is your building material store.

Contact the manager of the store and tell them what type of sub you need. The manager will know who visits his stores often and their levels of expertise. A sub that visits the electrical section once per week or more and always seems to have jobs has established a reputation that keeps them busy.

The same is said for carpenters, plumbers and painters. Tell the store that what you’re looking for and mention your name to subs when they return to buy materials.

Talk to other contractors and subcontractors and ask for referrals.

When you find a good contractor, ask if he or she knows of other good subs they’ve worked with in the past. Subcontractors with a good reputation are always on a job and tend to work in the same circles.

Ask friends, neighbors and colleagues for referrals. Visit the homes where potential subcontractors have worked and ask the homeowner about their experience with the sub and if they would hire again.

Once you find a potential contractor, put them through a brief on-the-job test to see if they really know what they say they know.

If you need some drywall work, ask the sub to repair or prepare a wall. Or watch a painter as he or she tapes a room. Whatever the task, have the contractor walk their talk before hiring.

Finally, make sure your sub is insured by providing you with a certificate of insurance.

Verify that the contractor carries insurance by calling the insurance agent directly to make sure your candidate is covered.

And one last thought: once you choose a good contractor, treat them well, pay them on time and keep them. Sometimes they’re hard to find.

Talk soon,
David Slabon