In the age of stay-at-home orders and renovations, the building materials business is booming. Many homeowners are adding onto their homes with outdoor living areas, home offices, basements, extra bedrooms—anything to increase the space and comfort of their home to accommodate this new lifestyle.
When renovating your home, it is always important to have quality materials, of course. However, one common mistake that is often overlooked is the undervaluing the importance of a good drywall contractor to do your project and do it well.
Drywall Contractor Checklist
Contractors can make or break a project—whether you are a first-time remodeler or builder, do your research and make sure you hire the best drywall contractor for the job with this checklist.
1. Ask Around
You might not have to do much of your own research if you know family or friends who have a drywall contractor that they like to use. Sometimes there are even certain contractors that service your area or neighborhood, and some are recommended by an HOA if you have one.
When asking around, ask people who they have used, who they trust, and the outcome of their project. Did they like the way it turned out? Was it affordable? These are all important questions to ask friends and family who recommend a contractor.
2. Do Your Research
Even if you have a few recommendations from trusted family and friends, it is important that you still do your own research. Living in the digital era makes it easy to research drywall contractors online or by looking at their social media.
Key things to look for when researching are how long they have been in the industry, what organizations they participate in, and what materials they use. For example, if you are looking to go green and reduce your carbon footprint, you need a contractor who has experience using environmentally friendly materials and recycles material scraps.
3. Look at Past Work
Any experienced drywall contractor will have a portfolio of jobsites for you to look at when researching—whether it is on their website, social media, or a printed file, check out their past work to see if it first with your project.
While you are researching past work, don’t forget to look at online reviews from other customers. Even if there are a few bad reviews, a company’s response to the customer says everything you need to know about their customer service and the way they do business.
4. Evaluate Communication
While online reviews are always good to read, it is also a smart idea to call the drywall contractors you are considering. How was your conversation with them? Are they good at listening to you? Do they understand what you need? Do you trust them and their expertise?
A quality contractor will be patient with you and available to discuss any questions you might have regarding their services. If they ask you questions to better understand your project and offer new ideas, that’s always a plus too!
5. Ask Questions
When talking with a potential drywall contractor for your project, you will want to ask them so questions to better understand their expertise and how they can help you. Here are a few questions to keep in mind when talking with a contractor:
- How much experience do you have? How long have you been in the industry/business?
- Do you have any references or testimonials you could show me?
- Do you have proof of insurance? Are you licensed according to state laws?
- Do you have your own crew?
- What would be the timeline for this project?
- Is there a contract you will provide me with for your services with this project?
Some of these questions might seem tedious, but it is always good to cover your bases when hiring a professional to ensure you get your money’s worth and hire the right person for the job. Even if you are simply looking for a small repair, it is never a bad idea to ask questions.
Complete Your Drywall Job with Freedom Materials
At Freedom Materials, we believe in providing superior customer service in every aspect of the job—that includes supplying only the best materials and working with highly qualified and experienced contractors.
To learn more about the drywall materials we can provide for your project and the contractors we work with, give us a call today.