7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire A Contractor
When you're looking to hire a contractor to remodel your home or build a new home, you should take several things into careful consideration. There are many companies out there that are not licensed or insured that put you and your home at risk.
These considerations are especially important in a time of crisis. Some companies will try to take advantage of others' misfortune, so it's very important to do your homework before choosing the right contractor for your project.
Here are some things you should consider:
Does the company carry insurance that protects you from claims arising from property damage or job site injuries? If so, be sure to ask for a copy of the insurance certificates. If not, proceed with caution, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
Does the company provide a written estimate before beginning the work? Are they able to give you a detailed contract that spells out the work that will be performed and provides a fair payment schedule contract that complies with local, state, and federal laws?
Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better! If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.
Don't let anyone pressure you into signing a contract immediately. Take the time you need to check out a few companies and consider your options.
Does the company offer a warranty? I so, find out what will be covered under the warranty and how long it will last.
Can they provide references from customers and suppliers they work with? Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
This list is a good starting point when choosing a contractor for your project. Try to think of any other questions you may have and add them to the list so you have them all handy when you start reaching out to contractors.