Everyone has heard the expression, “You get what you pay for.” This saying is never more relevant than when hiring a contractor that understand your goals and has experience in the type of job you are looking for.
1. Connect with your contractor: The right person for the job will be easy to talk to. Make sure you see eye to eye by hiring a contractor that understands your goals and has experience in the type of job you are looking for.
2. Understand that price reflects quality: In the long run, is it worth cutting corners for a temporary fix? A low bid may indicate that a contractor uses sub-par materials or is desperate for work. The more accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.
3. Ask for credentials and references: Insist on hiring a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor. Make sure you get a copy of their workers compensation insurance. Otherwise, as the property owner, YOU are liable if a member of the work crew gets injured on the job. Also, ask for customer references of jobs completed within the last three months and be sure to call on them.
4. Get it in writing: Your contractor should include detailed time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, the contractor’s license number, project descriptions and how to handle additional costs if necessary.
5. Be prepared: Select your colors and finishes beforehand. Review sample materials to make sure you are happy with them. Don’t forget to make space for the crew. Remove any valuables or easily damaged items from the work site.
6. Be courteous of your neighbors: Inform the work crew where your property lines are located to prevent materials from being placed in the wrong area.
7. Ensure things are complete before signing off on the job: Schedule a final walk-through. Meet with your contractor and make note of any tasks that need to be completed before final payment is made.