▸ Tips for hiring a Contractor:
1. Connect with your contractor — The right person for the job will be easy to talk to. Make sure you see eye to eye by hiring a contractor that understands your goal and has experience in the type of job you are looking for. Communication is key for all projects, so insist on regular contact by email,phone or text messages. Allow the work crew to manage their day-to-day work, but set up a weekly face-to-face update from the foreman.
2. Understand that price reflects quality — Ask your contractor for his or her recommendations on how the project should take place. In the long run, it is worth cutting corners for a temporary fix? The lowest bid is not always the best. Request a written description of the material necessary for the job. A low bid may indicate that a contractor uses sub-par materials or is desperate for work. The more accurate bid is likely somewhere in the middle.
3. Know a contractor’s credentials — Insist on hiring a licensed, bonded and insured contractor. This is a must. Otherwise, as the property owner you are liable if a member if the work crew gets injured on the job.
4. Get your residential/commercial improvement contract in writing—Your contract should include: detailed time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, your contractor’s license number, project description, names of parties involved and how to handle additional costs if necessary. Be cautious, if you are not given a timeline for the job to be completed, this may indicate the contractor has several current jobs and may not complete your job in a timely manner. Keep track of all-important information as well by keeping job related documents such as contracts, payments, and receipts in one place. Record Key contracts information for everyone working on your project.