Every year, winter takes its toll on Western MA homes. Snow, wind, and ice combine. Intense storms happen. The result can be damage to your roof and home’s exterior, as well as to outbuildings, porches, decks, and entryways. This year has been particularly intense. If you need home repairs in Western MA, here’s what you need to know about finding a builder in Framingham:
Experience Matters: Given the number of homes needing repairs and renovations after this winter, it’s not surprising to see lots of new contracting companies springing up. However, your home is your largest investment and you want everyone who’s working on it to be skilled, experienced, licensed, and insured. Do your research. Ask any contractor you’re considering how long they’ve been in business. It’s a good idea to ask for references and to see other projects they’ve worked on before committing to work with them.
Be Wary of High Pressure Sales Tactics There are predatory criminals out there who try to bully homeowners into paying for repairs they don’t need or want. These individuals may say that the city, county, or code enforcement officer has deemed a home to be in violation and is on the verge of issuing a fine unless the homeowner addresses the issue at hand immediately. That is not how things work in Massachusetts. If confronted with this tactic, do not agree to anything. Call the relevant local authorities to confirm what you’ve been told. The odds are better than good that they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about, and that ‘helpful’ building contractor who’s pressuring you to have work done immediately is really a con man.
Understand What You Want & Need Before You Begin The single best tip to keeping home renovation and repair costs under control is understanding what you want and need before you begin, and then sticking to that plan throughout your project. Changing your mind or adding additional tasks to the job will inevitably mean projects take longer and cost more. Keep the channels of communication open with your builder to avoid any surprises or delays.