How Do You Find a Good Contractor?

couple finding austin contractor

How Do You Find a Good Contractor?

When it comes to finding a good contractor for a renovation or remodel, it can feel overwhelming. However, we can help! Because we have helped many clients with their home renovation financing, we have learned some valuable tips that we would like to share!

Patience and Planning

First, a great renovation experience requires patience and planning. At the same time, we understand that a remodel or renovation is an exciting time. Therefore, many homeowners may feel inclined to rush the process. We get it! Even so, you will want to take time to do your research.

Reliable Resources

There are few great resources that every homeowner ought to consider when doing research on contractors. Checking to see if the business trustworthy with these following resources will help give you a confident evaluation on many potential contractor businesses.

Builder and Business Associations

Non-profit business and builder and/or remodeling associations are a great way to find trusted resources for your renovation.

  • The Better Business Bureau
  • Homebuilders Associations
  • National Association of Remodeling Industry
  • Texas Association of Builders
Business Review Sites
  • Angie’s List
  • Google
  • HomeAdvisor
  • Houzz
  • Porch
  • NextDoor
  • Thumbtack
  • Yelp

Personal Netowrok and Community

  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Realtors
  • Lenders
  • Local Suppliers such as plumbing, lighting, and hardware suppliers

Interview More Than One Contractor

  • Ask for bids.
  • Verify contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Ask about their permitting process.
  • Discuss plan and contingencies.
  • Review contract, draws and payment schedules.
  • Ask for references and visit sites or review portfolio of work.

Taking these steps to evaluate potential contractors will help the renovation process go smoother and provide a quality result in the end. It’s worth taking the time to do your research. We have extensive experience in the Austin-area with home renovation and are happy to help! Let us know your renovation questions today.

1 reply
  1. Tobias Armstrong
    Tobias Armstrong says:

    I really like the way you approached the questions anyone should ask when looking for a contractor. Finding someone who specializes is of great importance, because you don’t really want an electrical contractor working on your plumbing. I also really liked how you listed the things they should watch our for. Thanks for the fantastic tips!


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© Joel Richardson. All Rights Reserved. | This website is operated by Joel Richardson, who is currently an employee of VeraBank, N.A. (“VeraBank”) The views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of VeraBank. This website also has its own privacy policy, which may differ from VeraBank’s privacy policy. VeraBank makes no express or implied warranty regarding the information or data on this website, and hereby expressly disclaims all legal liability and responsibility to persons or entities who use or access this site and its content, based on their reliance on any information or data that is available through this website. Joel Richardson has sole responsibility for the information and data on this website. Deposit and loan products described on this website are offered through VeraBank, Member FDIC. To visit VeraBank’s website, here.