The alternative options
Nowadays, it is not that easy to get the perfect tradesman or contractor for your Home Improvement job. Yes, the job market might seem flooded–but with highly incompetent ones who are quite unreliable.
The few available ones are either engaged in other contracts or can’t make it for some reason. You weigh your options and decide against hiring one without a license. After all, that is a path you are not willing to tread.
What is your backup plan? Do you have any alternative options?
If you can’t wait till they are available, here are some options you can consider.
DIY project management
When renovating your home, you pay your contractors to manage the manpower and materials. What if you could do it yourself?
Being a DIY project manager will slash the obvious cost; the one you have to forego when hiring a contractor or a tradesman. If you are available, you can manage your project. It can’t be that difficult.
Becoming a contractor
You don’t need a single certification to be one. Most states require you to get an operating license while some don’t. All you have to do is sit for an online, open-book exam that will test your general knowledge on construction regulation, construction terms, techniques, and safety.
If you have a general knowledge, you might consider giving it a try. The upside is that you can also earn once certified.
Projects you can manage
o Remodeling your kitchen or bedroom
o Replacing windows and doors
o Updating the plumbing and electrical services
o Interior and exterior repainting
Considering a Handyman vs. a contractor
A handyman is great for simple home improvement projects and is definitely cheaper than contractors. However, it is necessary to run some few background checks.
You can consider hiring on if you have either of the following projects:
o Electrical and light fixing.
o Carpentry and standard-size doors and windows.
o Sinks and plumbing
You normally pay them per hour or per project, making them cheaper than most contractors.
Hiring a sub-contractor
You don’t expect a contractor to do the manual work. All they do is use their knowledge to oversee that your project runs successfully. The people hired by the contractors have the skills required to sub-contract your project. All you have to do is choose the perfect one.
They work with you through the entire project and can offer you a variety of services.
Some of those services include:
o Construction processes
o Large equipment operation
o Concrete formulation
o Plumbing, electrical and carpentry
Consider using a contractor and Freelance Website to source more contractors
You can consider increasing your contractor search results by using some common freelance and contractor websites.
You might also be able to get better-skilled contractors due to the high competition between these firms
An entry in your browser search engine will automatically give you the results of contractors near you. You are able to view different contracting companies and the services they offer.
You can check to see what services one company offers better than the other. Also, consider the location and price factors. You can use the same criteria to choose your best freelancing contractor.