Your Guide to Finding a Contractor
Finding a Contractor
Finding the right contractor is vitally important if you want the end product of your time and money to be a desirable one. There may be many contractors in your town or city, so how do you know which one is the right one? First, choose what type of contractor you need for your specific project. This will depend on the scale and type of work being done. Next, talk with your friends and neighbors and ask if they have any recommendations. Use online resources available to you such as Angie’s List and BBB.
An interview will tell you a lot about a contractor, this is your chance to ask questions and go over your options. Dig down into the contractor’s history and ask about any bad reviews you may have seen or heard. Ask for a timeline of work to be done and if they can guarantee a completion date. Talk about insurance and licenses; always ask to see a physical copy. You should have these documents on file while work is being done on your property. Ask to meet the site supervisor and get contact information.
A well written contract is your ultimate line of defense against dishonesty. Whatever the contract, you should understand the wording and legality of the document. Make sure the contract includes names and addresses, you can also ask for a full list of workers that will be present on your property. Contracts should include timetable, payment agreements, exclusions, and scope of work. Look for all the needed licenses and permits as well. It’s up to you to make sure you’re not being cheated, so make sure you have a copy of the signed contract for your own records.