Hiring a contractor is a difficult and risky business. Especially, since hiring the wrong contract can lead to time delays, poor work, and even legal problems. Read my five best tips for hiring a contractor below for safer solutions!
1. Check Their Credentials
To ensure that the contractor is credible and knowledgeable, you need to make sure that he is licensed and insured. The license proves that the contractor knows their job. It also means that they have taken an exam and has competitive knowledge of building codes and processes. It makes them more trustworthy to the customers. There are fewer chances of the customer getting ripped off if your contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. To be on the safer side, get the contractors number.
To sum it up, look for a contractor that is licensed and registered has a “cemented” reputation and insurance (liability).
2. Get Bids From Contractors
Once you have separated the worthy candidates from the riff-raft, get bids from your best options. Three bids are generally preferred. While you are looking for a good bargain, make sure that the contractor doesn’t place their value below the usual market price. It may seem a great deal, but they may be compensating on the quality of their services, such as using cheap materials. Some may hoodwink you down the road by demanding more money later on. Be careful when striking a deal. Be practically frugal but don’t invite trouble!
3. Do Background Checks on the Contractor’s Work History and Habits
Do prior research on your contractor’s work style. Some contractor’s maybe generalists or specialists, so keep in mind if their abilities are in line with the kind of services you want. Make time to see their work before-hand such as, the quality of their materials, workmanship, and similarity to the project that you want. Also, look for signs that signal professionalism and a good code of conduct. Have they developed good habits such as returning phone calls? Are they on time for their appointments? Are their previous clients satisfied with them? These small factors will tell you if they provide quality services.
4. The Strategy for Resolving Differences: A Contract
Every project that you have taken on with your contractor should be in a contractual form. Every detail, micro, and macro must be included in the contract. Such details include work timetable, the type of materials that will be used, the starting and the finishing dates and work description. The best thing about a contract is that if a dispute arises, it can be resolved without any ugly encounters.
5. Know what you want
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are clear about the kind of work that you want to be done by them. Visualize the specific features and design motifs that you want. As a client or a hirer of contractors, you must think specifically about the kind of services you want. Make your decision after seeing the contractor’s work.
A lot is at stake when you are choosing a contractor; make sure that you make the correct choice.