You might have plenty of questions floating around in your mind as you prepare to hire a contractor. This is only natural. You want to find a contractor who is experienced, reasonably-priced, trustworthy and produces amazing work. Below are some of the key questions you need to ask before hiring a contractor.
How Much Will The Work Cost?
Obviously, the final cost of the work will depend on a number of factors such as the scope of the project, time spent working and the cost of materials. Most contractors will provide free estimates and it's important to get bids from a number of promising contractors so you can weigh your options before making a final decision. However, it's important not to choose a contractor based on cost alone. One contractor may do the work for a higher price but the quality and additional services offered may be worth the additional money. Nonetheless, cost should always be a significant factor.
Have They Done Projects Similar To Yours?
You should look to hire a contractor who has considerable previous experience in their field, but even more importantly you should look for contractors who have successfully completed projects similar to yours in the past. A strong track record of completing quality projects like the one you need done is a good indicator that a contractor will be a good match for you.
What Kind Of Insurance Do They Carry?
It is always a good idea to verify what kind of insurance a contractor carries and what their coverage limits are. For example, contractors should carry generous liability coverage as well as worker's compensation insurance. Don't hire a contractor who does not carry worker's compensation insurance or you could be held liable for injuries. You can request proof of insurance from any contractor with which you are seriously considering working, and some may offer it by default.
What Is Your Impression Of Them?
First impressions matter very much when it comes to choosing a contractor. Contractors who are friendly, professional, have clean offices, are punctual and listen to your needs are what you should be looking for. A contractor who does not seem particularly knowledgeable about the type of work you want done, doesn't take the time to understand your needs or is not very personable should be avoided. Sometimes it is best to go with what your instincts are telling you.
When Can They Start?
A final important question to ask is regarding availability. Contractors often have a busy schedule and you need to make sure they can do the work when it is convenient for you. Contractors that acquire materials and do scheduling before work begins are less likely to go over budget or miss deadlines. Some projects may be restricted by weather conditions or even by the season, so flexibility on the part of both parties is important.
The choice of contractor for your build or remodel is an important one. Be sure to take the time and do your research to find the best match for your project.