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5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

December 15, 2016
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Planning to renovate a room, reconfigure a layout, or simply to remodel an interior space? It is crucial to look for a reliable contractor as any carelessly planned project would cost you an arm and a leg.

Listed below are 5 things you must know before hiring a contractor for a successful home improvement project.

Check for qualifications

The easiest way to check a contractor’s reputation is through testimonials and ratings online. This provides you with details and images of the contractor’s past records and its clients’ level of satisfaction with the workmanship. An instant way to knowing if a contractor is trustworthy, simply search for the company’s name followed by words such as “scam” or “complaint” in the search engine.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Ask for a written contract

A contract should include important information such as the start and completion dates of the project, all fees in detail, a description of the services and products to be provided by the contractor, terms of payment, and the warranty of workmanship. In addition, it is also important to know the consequences of default by either party. For instance, you should be excluded from any liability in the event that the contractor fails to pay his subcontractors.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Get bids from different contractors

Getting at least three to six bids from different contractors will give you an idea of how these companies measure up to one another, while allowing you to recognize the appropriate costs to prevent a rip-off. Once you have selectively narrowed down your options, carefully choose a contractor based on his calibre and what can be offered. It is important to keep in mind to never automatically settle for the lowest bidder before doing the much-needed research.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Know the subcontractors

Most contractors hire subcontractors to carry out remodelling projects, especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical work. This makes it equally as crucial to do a background check on the subcontractors to know if they are from a reliable company. Knowing who is working in your house is important not just in ensuring an excellent outcome, but also for safety concerns to prevent unnecessary trespassing or worse, burglary.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Know the cost

It is essential to identify if the bid given by your contractor is an estimate of a fixed price. As come contractors treat bids only as a rough estimate, your bill could end up being a lot higher without your prior knowledge. If your contractor is unable to provide you with a fixed price, request that he speaks to you to ask for your approval if any additional work or material is needed.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor
5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

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