How to choose a contractor?
December 22, 2020
Make sure your contractor is licensed to work in your area, bonded and insured
In short, a license ensures that your contractor knows what they are doing and is willing to do so safely. Get their license number, get proof of insurance, and be certain that their insurance covers any liability before your insurance must. Verification of their license is also important. Sometimes a contractor might have a license that seems valid but in fact was cancelled due a negligence or something of sort in a past project that could be an issue if hired. While this might sound basic, avoiding this crucial step can lead to disaster.
Stay in the neighborhood
Contractors who have been in your area for a long time are often your safest bet. If they have been able to develop a reputation and build roots in your community, they must have kept up a reputation for good work. If you have a dispute, or even worse – a legal conflict – there is also a brick-and-mortar business that you can establish a dialogue with.
Ask about a mechanic’s lien
Depending on the Mechanic Lien Laws in your state, anyone who has provided work or materials for your home but was not paid for it, can put a lien on your property. This means that if you are working with a shady contractor looking to cut costs by japing their partners, you could be liable. Make sure to check the legal status of your contractor. If they have a lien on their record, it is best just to move on.
Work Samples are far more important than a reference or review. They provide insight into how your contractor approaches projects, how the finished product looks, and may allow you to adjust your project to make sure that your contractor can shine.
Go with who you trust
Contractors will be in your life for months if not years, so the most important factor in this relationship is trust. Do they make exaggerated promises, do they seem like salesmen? Are they iffy on the details? If you cannot trust this person one hundred percent, walk away.
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