When it comes to home repairs or improvements, many men and women find themselves at a loss because they’re either unable to complete the necessary repairs or else they simply don’t have the time. In either situation, the ideal thing to do is to hire a professional contractor. But, what attributes should you look for in a contractor and how can you be sure that he/she will be the best person for the task? These are typical questions and should be answered before hiring a professional builder.
Below are 9 tips that will help guide you through the Process of choosing the best man, or woman for your occupation.
1. Find out how long they have been in business before hiring a contractor. It is best to search for an established business and make sure that you check out their standing with the regional Better Business Bureau for any outstanding or unresolved complaints.
2. Always make sure that a contractor is accredited to operate in the state where the work is to be carried out. The best way to discover about your state’s licensing procedure is to contact the local building department and/or consumer protection service. If your condition requires that a contractor be licensed, always ask to visit a contractor’s license before hiring him/her for the occupation.
3. When considering potential contractors, request a listing of recently completed projects that are similar to the one that you are in need of assistance with. Employing a contractor that’s experienced in projects like yours can help to ensure that all goes smoothly and that the job will be done correctly.
4. Be sure to ask your contractor before the commencement of work, whether the occupation will require any kind of license. All licenses must be obtained before the real work begins, when demanded, or the homeowner might face a fine. It is best to talk about who will be responsible for obtaining permits, either you or the builder, at the beginning.
5. Always ask for the title of the individual who is in control of this undertaking, often called a supervisor, and the names of those who will be operating on the construction crew.
6. After you’re informed about the manager, ask him/her about their crew. You’ll have to learn whether they are trustworthy and make the choice as to whether you would like them working on/in your property. Will they need secrets? In that case, you need to know that they are honest and can be trusted near your family and/or children.
7. Every professional builder should carry a particular amount of insurance coverage, including personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation. You’ll have to request copies of all insurance certificates and affirm that they are present before work begins. Do not conduct business with a contractor who is unable to provide this documentation since this might result in your being held liable for any harms and/or damages which occur throughout the job.
8. Always check with the contractor’s references before deciding to employ him/her for your project. This is essential for all of the obvious reasons and will give you a sense as to their own work ethics and finish benefits.
9. When you and your builder come to an agreement on notarized, all parties involved must have a copy of the agreement for future reference.