5 Tips for Finding the Best Contractor at a Home Show

The new year means new ideas for your home. Repairs, upgrades and wish lists bring homeowners out to the show in droves.  As a homeowner, you can make your home show experience work for you.   AFSRepair has tips to help you navigate through the Expo space to find the best contractors for your home improvement projects. 

Home Show Tip Number #5: Make a List

Home shows offer you great convenience- they bring multiple vendors into one place so that you can shop around, compare, and get new ideas for products and services you haven’t even thought of for your home. But the sheer quantity of vendors can be a problem in itself.   Home shows can be a little overwhelming, and as you make your way up and down the various rows of contractors, you might find yourself lugging a bag full of handouts and materials you’re not even interested in. It can make finding the right contractor like finding a needle in a haystack.

Try this: before you go to the show, or at least before you enter the doors to the convention space, take a few minutes to make a list of the vendors that you want to see the most. Find their booths on the show map, and plan your route to hit those vendors first.   As you travel in between your top picks, you’ll have the opportunity to browse a little along the way. But, most of all, you won’t get overwhelmed or accidentally miss an exhibit you wanted to see. Its a simple tip, but it can help improve your home show experience and the information that you gain that day.

Home Show Tip Number #4: Ask Lots of Questions

If you have a specific project in mind for your home, mentally prepare a list of questions that you want to ask your prospective contractors.   Don’t get distracted by entering for free drawings or prizes; use the time at that booth to focus on the services provided by the business.   If you’re looking for foundation/crawlspace repair or waterproofing services, here are some sample questions you can ask:

  • What signs should I look for around my home?
  • Why is it important to have a visual inspection?
  • What is the first step in getting the problem fixed?
  • What can I expect from your company?
  • Besides fixing the immediate problem, how else does this help my home?
  • What kind of warranty do you offer?

At AFS Repair, our goal is to educate our customers every step of the way.  We use drawings to demonstrate our findings and recommended repairs so that you completely understand how we can help your home.  We are always available to answer your questions.  At AFS Repair, we support everything you love.  Contact us for a free visual inspection to get started.

Home Show Tip Number #3: Ask About a Recent Successful Project

Once you tell the contractor a little bit about your home and your goals for your project, ask them to tell you about a recent successful project.  The best contractors will be able to describe their step-by-step approach for tackling projects just like yours.  Listen carefully for a planned approach, for signs of quality control, and for a complete wrap-up to the project.   You want to be completely confident that your home improvement partner can see a job through to the finish.    After they share their example, ask this question:

  • If I called that customer today, what would they say about your company?

Listen carefully. A home show is like a job interview. Contractors who stand behind their work will have complete answers and confidence in what their customers feedback is.

Home Show Tip Number #2: Visit the booth twice

Chances are, if you’re going to a home show, you’ve got a specific project in mind.  You probably want to visit all of the contractors within that specific service category. Once you have a game plan, visit the contractors that you feel would be good options for your home project.  Chances are, after you talk to a few, you’ll have a leader that comes to the forefront.

After you finish your time at the show, visit your top choice again.   This contractor should remember you, recall your previous conversation and greet you warmly.  Good businesses make solid connections and build relationships with their customers, and this contractor should be building a relationship with you– even starting at the home show.   Visiting the booth twice allows you to:

  • Ask any more questions you may have thought of
  • Ask about different approaches to solving your home’s repairs
  • Make a connection with a specific representative. Then, you’ll be able to have a familiar face visit your home for an initial inspection. 

AFS Repair wants all of our customers to be completely comfortable while we’re working in your home.  Its a valuable part of our relationship with you and your family.  Before our technician ever visits your home, you’ll receive a packet in the mail with their profile, background and picture.  After all, we want you to be a part of the AFS family.

Home Show Tip Number Tip #1:  Ask for Referrals

As you’re having a conversation with a prospective contractor, ask them for referrals to some of their current customers.  You can ask the question:  “What would your most recent customer say about you if I called right now?”   This is a great opportunity for a contractor to give you an honest answer, to tell you a story about a problem that they solved for a homeowner, and even to talk about a time when they had to go the extra mile to make something right for a customer. 

Before an AFS technician comes to your home for a free visual inspection, we’ll send you a packet that contains a profile of your technician and customer testimonials.  We invite you to contact any of our former customers; we consider each and every one of them to be members of the AFS family.

Call us today for your free, no-obligation estimate: 866-257-8991

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