This is a topic that is very dear to our hearts. It is hard to know sometimes how to hire a contractor. Whether it is for a room addition, just a simple remodel job or for building your home from start to finish, it is very important to do your due diligence. We have seen more people be taken advantage of by unprofessional contractors including ourselves. More than once we have hired someone because we liked them, or we wanted to help them out, or they gave us the most affordable bid.
Please take our advice on this. Check with friends, neighbors, co-workers 1st for recommendations and if you find a contractor outside your circles make sure and contact the contractor’s past clients and see what they have to say before you hire them. Check out some of their completed projects to verify the quality of their work.
Here are a few more questions you want to make sure and ask:
- Are they are insured… Personal liability, workers compensation, property damage coverage
- What are their timelines so you completely understand what to expect as far as timeliness.
- Who is providing all the major materials
- Who is providing all the small hardware like nails, screws, plumbing, wiring etc…
- Do they have the proper license
- Who is getting the permit’s if they are required
- Will they be using sub-contractors ( this one is important because you want to know who is working on your home)
- Who is responsible for clean up at the end of the day and the end of the project
- Again ask for a list of references
If you need to hire a contractor there are many services to help you find a good one on the market today, depending on your location. Home Advisor and Angie’s List are two very good ones. Do your research the internet is full of valuable information check out the Better Business Bureau