Choosing a Contractor
I ask my contractor?"
Remember to ask about insurance, liability, references
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Be sure you're
choosing a legitimate professional.
You want to feel confident about the contractor you
choose and their commitment to provide you with a quality construction job
that will be completed in a timely manner while adhering to terms you
Verify that you're
choosing an insured contractor.
Working with an insured contractor is a critical
requirement for any home or business owner. You'll want to be sure you're
protected if any injuries or accidents occur on your property.
Is the contractor
You should not award your project to an unlicensed
contractor, but keep in mind that license requirements tend to be fairly
loose and poorly enforced.
Ask how long the
contractor has been in business.
Of course, someone who is more experienced in their
trade is always going to be more reliable. The measurement for an
experienced contractor is usually about 5 years in business. Anyone with
less experience should be researched with extra care.
This can help you verify the contractor's commitment
to his work and responsibility as a professional. It shows initiative on the
contractor's part and an interest in keeping current with the standards and
policies of his industry.
Request a list of
This is especially valuable to your decision-making
process. It's important that you not feel timid about requesting this list,
and moreover, that you actually research the references.
Ask the references
the right questions.
Was the contractor able to stay pretty close to or
within the original estimated budget? Were you happy with the timeliness of
the contractor? Did the job stay on track?
Don't make a hiring
decision based solely on low price.
Home and business owners with negative contractor
experiences most often claim they chose the contractor because they offered
the lowest bid.
DO NOT be afraid to
This is so easy and incredibly crucial. You are the
one in control of this project, so you need to clearly express your goals
and ask your questions with confidence.