Tips for

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 Multiple Estimates

Before you settle on any one contractor, talk to several different companies and get price estimates on your project. But you're not just looking for the cheapest price; it's also important to keep in mind factors such as responsiveness, friendliness, and professionalism.

Read the Reviews

Online reviews can provide a wealth of honest information. Happy clients will report why they enjoyed working with their contractor or what was particularly pleasing about the finished project. Unhappy clients, on the other hand, won't hestitate to provide reasosn to steer clear.

Ask for Recommendations

Have friends or family in the area who've had work done on their homes? Ask about their experience with their contractor... and whether they'd recommend that company to you. If a friend tells you working with a certain company was a pleasure—or not so much—you can probably trust them.

View Their Finished Works

Just because a particular company seems friendly, professional, and promising, doesn't mean they're the right fit for your project. Make sure you take a look at some of their past work to determine that the finished product is as high quality as promised. You might also want to make sure they've completed projects similar to yours before you sign on.

Ask Lots of Questions

You can never get too much information before making an important decision! Find out things like:

  • What types of licensing and insurance they carry
  • What kind of permits will be required for the job
  • Their timeline for completion
  • Whether they'll require subcontrators, and how they'll find them
  • What a typical workday looks like for them (hours, noise level, etc.)

Need a Contractor Referral?

Looking for a reputable contractor in Erie, PA? We'd be happy to provide you with the names of a few of the area's top contractors. Just give us a call. Our knowledgeable agents can offer honest advice to make sure you hire the best person for your job.

Melissa Oberlander, REALTOR at Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services

Melissa Oberlander, REALTOR®

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 and SRS at Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services

Stacey Santos, REALTOR®, SRS

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

Your Guide to Real Estate in
Erie, PA

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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