What You Should Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

General Contractor

Finding a first-rate contractor is important. A home improvement project that goes wrong can be costly. Good advertising does not qualify as a recommendation of a contractor’s work. Investigate on your own. Ask co-workers, neighbors, and friends, who have had improvement work done, for recommendations. Use trusted online rating sites such as Angie’s List to check the reputation of a contractor. Obtain written estimates from several contractors. Keep in mind the lowest bid is not always the best choice.

How many projects have been completed in the last 12 months?

Learn of the type of projects that the contractor has done.  Are they a jack of all trades, but masters of none?  Consider hiring a company that specializes in one specific trade only, as they will have more experience for specialty projects.

Is a permit required?

Most localities and states require building permits for home improvement projects, even for simple renovations such as adding on a deck. Competent contractors get necessary permits before work on a project begins. You want a contractor familiar with obtaining permits in your area.

Ask for references.

Contractors should be able to produce the names, addresses, and phone numbers of a minimum of three customers that had projects similar to yours. Ask the references how long completion took and if the project was completed on time. Ask if the customer was satisfied. Inquire about any unexpected costs. Ask if workers were on time and if they cleaned up after completing the project. Inform the contractor that you would like to visit a job in progress.  Ask if the company is on a crowd-sourced review site, such as Angie’s List or Home Adviser, where reviews are authenticated by a third party.   Sites such as theses will include detailed reviews of customer’s experiences with the contractor.

Why type of insurance is carried?

Contractors should have property damage coverage, worker’s compensation, and personal liability insurance. Request copies of certificates of insurance. Make sure the insurance is current, or you may be liable for any damages or injuries that occur as the project progresses.

Understand payment options.

Do not pay upfront.  Many reputable contractors do not ask for a deposit for common jobs.  Some state laws limit the amount a contractor can ask for as a down payment.  Payment should be contingent upon defined amounts of completion. Work not on scheduled delays payment to the contractor.

Epoxy Floors Dallas knows how important a reputable contractor is. The company does not charge a deposit for work to be done. They stand behind their work. Warranties offered range from one year and up. Upon request, Epoxy Floors Dallas provides a list of satisfied customers as references.