You’ve just purchased your dream home and need to make some minor changes or replacements to really make it special. If you are going to hire a contractor, beware of “Chuck in a Truck”.

“Chuck in a Truck” is a metaphor for a guy or gal that thought being in the remodeling or home repair business would be an easy way to make some money. They brushed up on some home fix-it skills by watching a little “do it yourself” shows on the tube or happened into the local supply house and though it would be cool to own all those fancy colored tools that are out there now days.

Not all these type of companies are like this, but how do you know! Before you hire, a little research will go a long way.

Recommendations from your trusted sales agent is a good start, but let’s go a bit further. Here are basic tips before you hire:

    Ask for referrals of past clients and do not be afraid to call them

  •     Check with the local building inspection department
  •     Local lumber yard or supply houses
  •     Local Builders or Home Remodeling Professional Associations

Even calling larger building companies, they may not do this type of work but know most of the good local craftsmen willing to do the smaller jobs or know of the reputation of the company you’re hiring.

    Ask to see some of their work.

Enjoy your new home!