How to Avoid the Wrong Contractor on your next Home Project
Successful contractors will make it easy for you to get in touch with them and gladly show examples of their work, with pictures or videos.
Be cautious of home improvement contractors who lack basic information, such as a website, social media presence and reviews.
For most homeowners, the hardest part of any home renovation project isn’t the work itself, it’s finding a competent and reliable contractor to do the job. Installing kitchen cabinets, knocking down a wall or retiling the bathroom is simple compared with the struggle of hiring a quality contractor who will perform at a high level from start to finish.
Questions for Contractor
1.Are you licensed to work in your area?
2.How long have you been licensed?
3.Do you have insurance & what kind of coverage is available?
4.Have you completed similar jobs?
*Be sure to have an outline and some important details of your project handy to enable them to answer this question as accurately as possible.
5. Do they have a list of references you can contact?
*A good contractor should have plenty of satisfied customers as well as satisfied suppliers and subcontractors that you can call.
6.Will you provide a detailed contract?
7.Will the project require permits and who be in charge of acquiring them?
8.Can they provide you with a quote?
9.What do their payment schedules typically look like and are they willing to be flexible?
10. Who will I communicate with about job progress, changes, and any problems that may arise?
Questions to ask any references
- Did the contractor stay on schedule?
- Was the job site kept neat?
- Were problems addressed promptly?
- Was the contractor punctual for appointments and work days?
- How has the work held up?
- Was the cost reasonable and clear?
Understand That Price Reflects Quality
Ask your contractor for his or her recommendations on how the project should take place. In the long run, is it worth cutting corners for a temporary fix? The lowest bid is not always the best. Request a written description of the materials necessary for the job. A low bid may indicate that a contractor uses sub-par materials or is desperate for work.
A few things to remember about payment method:
- Make sure the down payment is no larger than $1,ooo(as required by law) and that you have at least a4-stage payment. A minimum 5% of the overall payment should be held and paid upon completion.
- Smaller projects can be paid with a check or credit card. Paying with a credit card is recommended because you have more legal recourse options if things go bad with your contractor through your credit card company than you do through your bank.
- Larger projects can be financed. If you choose this option, be certain that your contract states that the contract is void unless and until financing is approved and obtained.
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