How to Hire a Good Patio Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. The wrong one, however, can cause delays and even legal problems, or worse, bad results.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If you just can’t make yourself like a contractor for whatever reason, don’t pick him. Nothing is more crucial to your patio remodeling project than picking the right contractor. And no contractor can be right for you unless you trust him 100%, not 95%.
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. Know the contractor’s license number and take time to verify. In addition, dask for evidence of insurance. No insurance means you will be liable in case somebody gets hurt on your project.
A lot of projects are regulated and code-specific today that you need someone who knows all of the necessary details. Ask for references and check out work samples.
By “complete contract,” we mean a contract that contains all the materials to be used, their brands and costs, and the dates when the project is estimated to start and end. There is no such thing as a contract with too many details. In fact, the more details are included, the safer it will be for you.
A lot of contractors subcontract certain areas of the job, which isn’t totally bad. Besides, subcontractors are more experienced and knowledgeable in their special fields. In the end, it’s still about hiring a contractor you trust because he’s not going to get a bad subcontractor on your job.
Sometimes, a contractor will refuse to accept your project because of your parameters. For example, if you want them to work a certain number of hours daily and the contractor wants less than that number, a 30-day project could extend to 45 days, costing you more money.
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 may not allow their workers to do these things because they don’t want to be responsible for any damages. Know what you have to do and do them.
Lastly, if your contractor has unpaid balances on the materials used in your project, the supplier can place a lien on your property. What this means is that you could be obliged to settle that bill. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.
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