Home Seller Resources

Hiring a Contractor

Selling your home in Erie and taking on a large home improvement project? 

First, it's helpful to know whether you even need to remodel parts of your home. Not all home improvement projects are created equal, especially when you're trying to add value to your Erie home when you're selling. While it might be tempting to invest in new carpets or upgrade your countertops, you may not even need to. Give us a call at 814-866-8840 and we can talk about the best ways you can add value to your home. 

But if you need to make major repairs on your home and need to hire a contractor to tackle the project, finding an excellent professional might seem daunting. 

Tips for Hiring a Reputable Erie Contractor

How do you know where to start looking for an excellent contractor? Don't worry — we have worked with Erie home sellers for years and have a few tips for finding and hiring a reputable contractor. 

Ask for Estimates from Several Firms

It's best to get at least three estimates for your contracting project. Don't choose the lowest bidder; instead, base your hiring off of how quickly contractors respond to you and how detailed their estimate is. This shows that they are prepared to tackle your contracting project. 

In addition, contractors who are prepared typically respond with photos of their work, even if it's just pictures on their phones. Seeing a portfolio of their past work can help you put your mind at ease.  

person searching on Google on a laptopCheck for Online Reviews

While you're receiving estimates for the contracting work, do a quick Google search and see if any reviews come up. Look at contractors who have detailed client testimonials and judge whether you would prefer to hire them based on their reviews. 

See Their Past Work in Person

One photo can't give you the complete picture. Follow up with an Erie contractor's portfolio by seeing their past work in person. Did they do a good job? Or did the property fall short of the client's expectations?

See their work for yourself to get a clear picture of the contractor's work before hiring them. 

Look at Homes Being Worked On Now

You probably know of a few friends or neighbors that are getting work done on their home. Drive around your neighborhood and look at homes that are undergoing improvements or major repairs, especially if the contracting work is on the outside of the home. 

Get the contractors' names off of the work trucks, and follow up with the homeowner about his or her experience before you call the contractor for yourself. 

Get a Personal Referral

Word-of-mouth referrals are the best resources for finding an excellent contractor. Check with your friends, family, and neighbors to see if they have worked with any contractors in the Erie area recently, and ask why they would recommend them. 

One question you can ask is how efficient and creative their contractors were — did they get creative when renovating to save your friends or neighbors money? Did they find a better way to make the repairs? This is typically a sign of a great contractor. 

Need a Referral? 

We would be happy to provide you with the names of a few reputable contractors in the Erie area. Just give us a call. Our knowledgable agents can offer honest advice to make sure you hire the best person to get the job done right.

Melissa Oberlander, REALTOR®

Melissa Oberlander, REALTOR at Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services

Melissa has been a Waterford resident for most of her life but her real estate interests span the entire county including rural communities, subdivisions and the City of Erie. Melissa has a special interest and keen sense for residential properties and new construction. Her personal experience in designing and building homes also offers an added benefit for her clients whether they are in the market to buy or sell. Learn more about Melissa Oberlander or contact her today at 814-440-0351 or melissa.oberlander@marshamarsh.com.

Stacey Santos, REALTOR®, SRS

Stacey Santos, REALTOR and SRS at Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services

Stacey is a consistent multi-million dollar producer in the Erie region. She holds designations in (SRS) Seller Representative Specialist and has additional training in new construction, marketing properties and business strategy. She is most proud of the strong working relationships that she has built with her clients and the trust that she earned as a result of her honest, hard-working approach. Learn more about Stacey Santos or contact her today at 814-323-3153 or stacey.santos@marshamarsh.com

If you're looking to sell your home in Erie and want to add value to your home, talk with us and we can recommend a few resources to get started. We can also assist you throughout your home selling process. Request a free Erie home selling guide or contact our team and we can talk about the process, from marketing your home to determining a competitive listing price. Let's get started! 


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