There are a lot of reasons why anyone would want to hire a contractor. Maybe you have quite a number of things in your house that you need to repair and you cannot do it alone in time for the next season. Maybe you just need to do quarterly maintenance on your house… or perhaps you need to remodel and expand it a bit. In all these and many more circumstances, hiring a contractor can save you a great deal of time and frustration. In addition to the lack of time, you may not have the expertise, tools, and equipment needed to perform certain repairs and renovations.
And since you may want to get the job done as fast as possible without compromising on quality, your best bet would be to hire a contractor that is well versed with the particular kind of project you want to undertake. However, you will hardly get the best results if you work with the first contractor that comes your way. In other words, there are quite a number of things that you should take into consideration before deciding to work with a particular builder or contractor. To avoid making the wrong pick, here are some things to remember before hiring a contractor.
1. Consider Contractor Licensing and Insurance
Before choosing to work with a particular contractor, one of the things you need to remember is to check their license and insurance. Despite the fact that most contractors have websites online, with great web design and content that makes them look legitimate and all, you can never be too sure. While licensing shows the legitimacy of a contractor, contractor insurance will spare you from a considerable amount of liability. For instance, in case one of their employees gets injured on site while working on your project, no one will follow you around asking for compensation from you. Another common reason why homeowners should verify a contractor's insurance before hiring them is that in case something goes wrong after they’re done with the repairs or renovations, the insurance coverage may come in and take care of any damages, especially those that result from negligence on the contractor’s part. In most cases, a properly insured contractor will also provide you with a workmanship guarantee.
Nothing can be more annoying and potentially heartbreaking than leaving a 2-week renovation project to a contractor, only to find that they did meet your expectations or worse still, the did a shoddy job. It’d be even worse if you had paid them an up front installment and they ended up disappointing you. As they all say, the experience is the best teacher, and to get the most out of a contractor, you want to hire someone who is an expert at what they do.
3. They Have to Put It in Writing
Before you even approach a contractor, you most probably have an idea of how you want your project to be carried out, the results you want to see, as well as the time frame within which you expect it to be completed. Before you hire them, it is imperative to get them to include such specifics in writing, just so you don’t end up at loggerheads because some things were not clearly stated. The cost of the entire project or service should also be in writing as should be signed by both parties, which leads us to the next important thing to remember.
4. Read the Contract Thoroughly
Another to remember is that it is highly imperative to thoroughly read the entire contract document before signing on the dotted lines. If you read through and there are certain things that are unclear, you may as well talk to a legal consultant or attorney for help. An experienced lawyer can guide you and advise you adequately on whether you should or should not append your signature and hire the specific contractor. After all, it is a legally binding document and these are not just signed without the signatory knowing what they’re getting themselves into.
5. A Little Supervision Could Do You Good
Once you have the contractors at your disposal, there’s no harm in making sure that you maximize the moment while they are working under you. When the project is ongoing, you will find that there are a lot of things you need to take note of. You may not realize it but if you think about it, but supervising your renovation or repair project can be a huge plus. You may shell out some cash or spend your precious time on supervising things but it will benefit you in the long run. The job can be done in the shortest time possible, not forgetting that when most people are supervised, they tend to ace it on quality. For this reason, you will want to consider asking the contractor if they’re comfortable working with or without supervision before you hire them.
Hiring a contractor for your repair jobs or renovation projects can be a bit overwhelming. However, this can only be so if you don’t know what to look for in a contractor. With the above few tips, your search for a good contractor can be way less daunting and you can be sure that your project will be handled with the utmost professionalism to achieve the results you deserve.