You’ve probably heard some stories about hiring a remodeling contractor and how the job did not turn out well. You might have also heard some people saying never to hire a remodeling contractor. There’s only one reason for all those things and that is they hired the wrong contractor. It takes time to hire a contractor and here are some tips that you can use before hiring someone to work on your remodeling project.
Ask If the Contractor is Licensed
All contractors should always have a license before engaging in any form of business. They cannot practice their chosen profession without any license proving they have passed all the necessary exams and trainings in order to be a contractor. Your remodeling contractor is no exemption to the rule and therefore must provide the license you are looking for. You can also check with your local state if the license is real and the contractor is legit.
Ask for a Contract
Most remodeling contractors will give you every inch of detail regarding what they will be doing on the project, how much would the materials cost, when it will be finished and even the consequences if the job would not be finished. There’s nothing wrong with verbal explanation but make sure you ask your contractor to write it everything on a contract. Some people are getting scammed by people pretending to be contractors by starting the job first then leave it hanging until the client pays a certain amount of money which is not included in the amount agreed upon before the project has been started.
Ask For Proof that the Company is Insured and Bonded
This protects you from any liabilities in case an accident happens while people are working on your project. Having the contractor bonded is also a form of security in case the contractor decides not to finish the job for any reasons. If the contractor does not have any of the two, then it will be best to find another contractor.
Ask How the Payment Will Be
Payments are the hardest part to deal with when hiring a contractor. Try offering a payment by milestone to keep you protected from fraud contractors. If they decline and would demand an upfront payment then chances are they are scammers who will leave your project once they receive their payment. Also ask if the contractor accepts payment via credit card or debit cards, if they do, they mostly like have a good bank record and are also a legit contractor.