How to Hire a Patio Remodeling Contractor
It’s often best to work with an expert rather than undertaking a project yourself. However, choosing the wrong contractor can lead to poor quality results, delays and even legal issues.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If, for any reason, you can’t get yourself to like a contractor, forget about him. Nothing is more crucial to your patio remodeling project than picking the right contractor. And the right contractor is always the contractor you trust 100%, not 98%.
License, Insurance and Bond
A license shows that the contractor has passed a state exam and proven their knowledge of building codes and processes. It also lowers your chances of being ripped off. But a verbal assurance is not all you need. Get the contractor’s license number and verify it with authorities. And remember to ask for proof of insurance too. No insurance means you could be liable if someone on your projects gets injured.
Projects today are usually regulated and code-specific, so find someone who is knowledgeable with all the important details. Ask for a list of client references and view some work samples.
A complete contract includes all materials to be used in the project and their brands and costs, along with specific estimated start and end dates. There is no such thing as a contract with too many details. In fact, the more details, the safer you are.
Contractors sometimes subcontract particular parts of the job, which isn’t necessarily bad. After all, subcontractors have a more thorough knowledge of what they do specifically. We still go back to selecting the right contractor because he’s not going to hire bad subontractors for your project.
Sometimes, a contractor will refuse to accept your project because of your parameters. For instance, if you want them to start working at 9am and end at 5pm, but the contractor only works 6 hours a day, a month-long project can extend to a month and a half, and that will increase your total costs.
You may have to remove a fence so their concrete truck can enter your backyard, or you may have to move furniture so they can paint a room’s walls. Contractors and their workers may not want to touch anything to avoid causing any damage. Know what you have to do and do them.
Finally, if your contractor fails to pay for the materials used in your project, the supplier can put a lien on your home. That simply means you will be liable for that bill. If a contractor has a lien against him for a previous project, remove him from your list of prospects.
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