If you are hiring a contractor, there are many questions you may have. It is important to ask certain questions before you hire a contractor to ensure that your needs are met.
#1: Ask about experience
Be sure to get confirmation regarding the contractor’s experience, length of experience, type, background, and ask for references so that you may contact them to confirm.
#2: Ask about insurance
You want to ensure that you are protected before work begins. This means that you are prepared for any accidents which might happen on the job site. Be sure that your contactor is insured before you begin.
#3 Ask about licensing
Make sure that your potential contractor has a license. You should not make any exceptions to this, because you are placing the value of your home and potentially most valuable asset at risk if you do.
#4 Ask about the length of time
Be sure to inquire about how long the project will take to complete. If your home is for a single family, your contractor may be able to finish the job in two or three hours. However, if your home is larger, it will take longer to complete.
#5 Ask about costs
When you begin planning, ask how much the project should cost and what is included in the cost. This is an important question because the least expensive bid is not necessarily the best. You should ask the contractor to clearly explain what is contained in your estimate and ensure that you have a final bid for the project before you hire.
#6 Ask for samples
Prior to making your selection you should ask for samples. Many contractors will have a portfolio of previously completed work which they can showcase upon request. Ask to view pictures of their past work so that you can measure the quality.
#7 Ask about the number of employees on the project
It is beneficial to know the number of people who will be working on your project so that you can better understand the costs, the length required for completion, as well as the size of the project and number of people who will be in your home.
#8 Ask about the materials and products
Be sure to first ask from where the materials and products for your project come and the brands with which the contractors will be working. Contractors often add charges for materials so knowing from where the materials come can help you ensure that the price for materials is in line with the quality. It can be beneficial to keep track of the materials which are purchased by asking for receipts. If there are specific brands you want to see, let your contractor know before the project is started.
#9 Ask about contacting your contractor
It is best to establish milestones before the work begins. Ask the potential contractors for their availability and how frequently you will be receiving updates. You don’t want a contractor who does not respond to calls or emails.
#10 Ask about the contract
Ensure that your contract is standard, in writing, and signed by both parties before you begin any work. This will provide protection in the event of legal action.