Hiring a contractor can be a difficult and confusing process. There are lots of things to consider before signing a contract, and it’s important to know what you’re getting into.
What is The Contractor Experience?
Make sure the contractor has experience with the type of project you plan to do. If you need a new roof, make sure the contractor has installed plenty of roofs. If you need a kitchen remodel, be sure the contractor has experience with kitchens. If you need a new patio, be sure the contractor has experience installing patios. In general, the more experience a contractor has, the better. You want a contractor who knows what they’re doing, and has worked on projects similar to yours in the past.
What Kind of Projects Has The Contractor Worked-On in The Past?
Make sure the contractor has experience with projects similar to the one you plan to do. For example, if you plan to have a remodel that includes a new kitchen and new bathroom, make sure the contractor has experience with installing both kitchen and bathroom remodels. If you plan to have a new patio installed, make sure the contractor has experience installing patios. If you plan to have a new roof installed, make sure the contractor has experience installing roofs. You get the idea.
What is Their BBB Rating?
Check the contractor’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB will have information on how many complaints they’ve received and what they were. If the contractor has a low rating, it could be a sign of problems to come. If they have a high rating, they’re likely trustworthy. Also, look at the contractor’s website. Do they have a BBB rating on the homepage? If they do, make sure it’s the same as the rating on the BBB website. If it isn’t, that could be a sign of dishonesty.
Are The Materials and Equipment Listed in The Contract of High Quality?
A contractor who is trying to cut corners may use low-quality materials and equipment. Look over the contract. Make sure the materials and equipment listed are of good quality. If you have concerns about certain items, ask the contractor about them. If the contractor uses low-quality materials and equipment, there’s a good chance your project will be delayed and/or it won’t be done to a high standard.
What Are The Contractor Credentials?
Be sure the contractor has the necessary credentials, such as a license and/or certification. If you need a contractor who is licensed, make sure they have the right license for the work you plan to do. If you need a contractor who is certified, make sure they are certified in the right area. For example, if you need a landscaper, make sure the landscaper is certified. However, if you need a hardscape contractor, such as someone to build patios or walkways, make sure the contractor is certified in that area.
Check Their Past Work
Ask the contractor for references. Be sure to contact the references. If you’re hiring a contractor who has just started in business, this won’t be as helpful. However, if the contractor has been in business for a while, references can be very helpful. If you don’t have any contractor references, or if you don’t have anyone to call, you can check online reviews. Just be sure to check multiple websites, since different websites have different reputations.
Get Everything in Writing
This may sound overly cautious, but it’s extremely important. When you and the contractor are negotiating the contract and signing it, make sure everything is in writing. This way, both of you know exactly what the terms are. Make sure the entire contract is detailed. Include the start and end date, payment dates, and amount, what materials are being used, the contractor’s and your obligations, a detailed timeline for the project, and anything else that may be relevant.
Are They Licensed and Insured?
Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. If they’re not, either they’re not certified and/or they don’t have enough experience to be licensed. If they’re using contractors who are not certified or not licensed, they may be taking shortcuts. This may cause your project to be delayed and/or not be done to a high standard.
What Is The Contractor Track Record?
Make sure the contractor has a track record. If they don’t have a track record, you likely won’t know what to expect. You also may not know how long the project will take or if you’ll get your money’s worth. Make sure the contractor has plenty of positive reviews online. If they don’t, that’s a red flag.
How Long Have They Been In Business?
Make sure the contractor has been in business for at least a few years. This will give you an idea of how long it will take them to finish your project. It will also give you an idea of how reliable they are and if they’ll be around to finish your project. A contractor who has been in business for a few years and has good reviews online is more likely to be reliable and dependable.